Don't be a Hero: Learn to Delegate

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Lesson #3: Lessons for Entrepreneurial Success (Maybe, with Hard Work and Luck)

(Click HERE for the first lesson in the series)

Often when you start a business you wear many hats. As a result, founders get used to doing things themselves. However, as their teams grow many leaders fall into the trap of:

“I’ll just do it myself later.”, “They don’t do it the way I do it.”, or “What if they mess it up?”

What’s the point of growing a team if you’re not going to trust them to learn, improve and more importantly, or bring something different to the table?

Don’t be a hero. Start delegating the tasks you don’t need to focus on right now.

“But ALL IN COLLECTIVE, how do I know what to delegate?”

We’re glad you asked. First, make sure you’re prioritizing your tasks. There are many prioritization methods to choose from like the Kano Model, MoSCoW Method, etc. We like value vs complexity matrices like the Eisenhower Matrix. If you’re not familiar with the matrix? Here’s a quick rundown.

Eisenhower Matrix

Assign all of your tasks into one of the following categories:

Urgent & Important: DO - These tasks should be done first, they require your time and attention.

Not Urgent, but Important: SCHEDULE - Plan time to tackle these in order of importance.

Urgent, but less Important: DELEGATE - These tasks are time-sensitive, delegate them. Stop being a hero and trust your team.

Not Urgent nor Important: REMOVE - Why the hell have you let these occupy space in your head? Kick these tasks down a hole while yelling “This is Sparta!”. You have Urgent and Important work to do.

If you don’t have a team you can delegate to technology. Automation tools like Zapier, IFTTT and voice-activated assistants like Siri, Alexa, and Google Home have come a long way. Use computers to your advantage, at least until they rein as our robot overlords.

 Remember to return for part 4 of our series.

 

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Photo by Esteban Lopez 
Image by Mike Reid

 


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