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Having trouble delegating? | Issue #258

The Secret to Delegating Effectively as a Busy Executive

Are you bogged down in the relentless grind of running your business?  Feeling there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done?  Wondering how any CEO gets time to look at the bigger picture?  Let alone plan for the future? You’re not alone.

We’re all busy.  That’s the nature of life.  But are you busy doing the right things?  This is what you need to ask yourself. You should be spending most of your time on the things that add value and give you joy.  The things that only you can do.  And all the rest of it needs to be delegated.

You may tell me this is impossible – you’re overwhelmed and haven’t time to delegate.  But be honest.  Is there a part of you that enjoys feeling needed?  Maybe you get a dopamine hit from putting on your Superman pants and saving the day?  Do you realise this behaviour misses the fundamental purpose of being a leader – developing your people?  Nothing is more important than this.

Serial entrepreneur Sherry Coutu wrote the Scale Up Report for government. The report offers findings and suggestions emphasising the importance of concentrating on ‘scale-ups’ to achieve substantial increases in employment, tax revenue, and overall wealth. This focus is vital for maintaining the UK’s competitive edge for future generations. She identified several gaps between the USA and the UK; a key area is the UK’s need for systematically developing scale-up leadership.

If your business is snowballing, access to talent is always a pinch point.  So your task has to be to develop your people.  Then, the organisation will have a plethora of possibilities for promotion.  And that means you HAVE to delegate. 

So, what is the secret to delegating effectively as a busy executive?

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Quote of the week

“I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.”

Jeff Bezos

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