Delegation truly is a fine art and a necessary skill. In this episode, I talk about how you can delegate even if you don’t have a staff.
Whenever I write or speak on the topic of delegation, I always get a question from someone who says, “But what if you don’t have a staff? How can you delegate?” As you increase your impact in the world, you will, inevitably, encounter situations where delegation is not only helpful but essential to growth.
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This episode is Part 2 of Episode 42: The Fine Art of Delegation. Before proceeding, it would be beneficial for you to go back and reexamine some important principles covered in that episode.
In this episode I want to recommend seven strategies for those who want to delegate but don’t have anyone to whom you can delegate.
- Strategy #1: Triage your “To-Do List.”
- Strategy #2: Use technology more effectively.
- Strategy #3: Negotiate out of previous assignments.
- Strategy #4: Ask for volunteer help.
- Strategy #5: Use variable cost alternatives.
- Strategy #6: Appeal for more resources.
- Strategy #7: Muster the courage to say no.
I know this just scratches the surface, but I firmly believe in the principle that “he who is faithful in little is also faithful in much” (see Luke 16:10). If you are a good steward with what you have been given, you will eventually be given more.
- Celeste Vaughn asked, “How do you know when it’s time to let go and trust someone else to do the job right?”
- Daniel J. Lewis asked, “How can I ensure quality control when I am delegating tasks to volunteers who may not have much experience with the tools and techniques I need them to use?”
- Dr. Bill Dyment asked, “When it comes to social media, what portion can you delegate to others and what part should you continue to do yourself?”
- Gary Morland asked, “How do you track and follow-up on tasks you delegate?”
- Jeremiah Crane asked, “How do I get my supervisor to delegate more important work to me without coming across as power hungry?”
- Julie Sunne asked, “What kinds of business-related tasks can I delegate to my teen children?”
- Paul Jolicoeur asked, “When do you know it’s time to delegate a task to someone else to free you up for new opportunities?”
- Phil Darke asked, “How do you demand excellence from those to whom you delegate and not appear to be micromanaging them in the process?”
- Richella Parham asked, “How do you decide whether a task should be delegated or simply eliminated?”
- Samson Varughese asked, “How do I keep from trusting too much and not exercising enough oversight?”
- Victor H. Manzanilla asked, “What is the best way to get your boss to trust you more and advance you through the five levels of delegation?”
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- My next podcast will be on the topic of “How to Overcome the Resistance.” If you have a question on this subject, please leave me a voicemail message. This is a terrific way to cross-promote your blog or website, because I will link to it, just like I did with the callers in this episode.
In this episode I mentioned several resources, including:
- Book: The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
- Company: BELAY
- Conference: The Launch Conference
- Membership: Platform University
- Podcast: The Fine Art of Delegation (Episode 42)
- Podcast: How To Say No Without Feeling Guilty (Episode 27)
- Podcast: The Busy Mom’s Survival Guide
- Post: How To Get Your Boss To Say “Yes,” Part 1
- Post: How To Get Your Boss To Say “Yes,” Part 2
- Post: How To Get Your Boss To Say “Yes,” Part 3
- Software: Nozbe
- Software: Evernote
- Software: SocialOomph.com
- Software: BufferApp.com
- Website: Goat Milk Stuff
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Question: What other questions do you have about delegation?