#043: How to Delegate Even If You Don’t Have a Staff [Podcast]

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.

Listener Questions

  1. Celeste Vaughn asked, “How do you know when it’s time to let go and trust someone else to do the job right?”
  2. 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?”
  3. 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?”
  4. Gary Morland asked, “How do you track and follow-up on tasks you delegate?”
  5. Jeremiah Crane asked, “How do I get my supervisor to delegate more important work to me without coming across as power hungry?”
  6. Julie Sunne asked, “What kinds of business-related tasks can I delegate to my teen children?”
  7. Paul Jolicoeur asked, “When do you know it’s time to delegate a task to someone else to free you up for new opportunities?”
  8. Phil Darke asked, “How do you demand excellence from those to whom you delegate and not appear to be micromanaging them in the process?”
  9. Richella Parham asked, “How do you decide whether a task should be delegated or simply eliminated?”
  10. Samson Varughese asked, “How do I keep from trusting too much and not exercising enough oversight?”
  11. 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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