Recently, I recorded two podcasts on the subject of delegation. The first dealt with the principles of delegation (Episode 42). The second suggested how you might delegate even if you don’t have a staff (Episode 43).
The primary reason to delegate is that non-delegation doesn’t scale. It is not sustainable. This is why so many people feel overworked, overwhelmed, and burned out. But there is an even more important reason to delegate: To enable you to focus on what you do best in order to maximize your impact.
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if we are going to stay focused as leaders and become even more effective, we have to have a delegation strategy. Mine consists of three components:
- Identify your strengths.
- Offload everything else.
- Get even more focused.
The one real limitation you and I face in leadership is our time. It is truly a finite resource. We can’t buy or borrow more of it—unless we delegate. To do this effectively, we need a long-term delegation strategy. This will enable us to maximize our strengths and increase our impact.
- Erika asked, “When delegating, how did you find the right help? How did you know where to look, who to choose, etc. The person has to be more than ‘just competent’ if I’m trusting them with my hard work; I want them to be GOOD! How do you find just the right person?”
- Ben asked, “When do you know you’ve reached the point where it makes sense to subcontract?”
- Melissa asked, “How do you find the resources to hire people when you are already operating on a shoestring budget?”
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Do you hate paper as much as I do? I scan everything into Evernote and then throw the paper away. Occasionally, I keep the paper but rarely.
I have an Evernote Scanner, which I love, but what do you do when you are away from your office. Well, mobile scanning technology has come along way.
No, you don’t need some little portable scanner. (Who needs one other thing to lug around?) Instead, you can download an iPhone app called ScanBot on iTunes. It’s only $1.99.
It scans documents directly into Evernote. The quality is outstanding. It even auto-crops off the extraneous material. For example, if you take a photo of a receipt on top of a table, it crops out the table, leaving you with just the receipt. You can even do multipage documents, like contracts
In this episode I mentioned several resources, including:
- App: ScanBot
- Book: Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham
- Book: StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath
- Conference: The Platform Conference
- Podcast: #042: The Fine Art of Delegation
- Podcast: #043: How to Delegate Even If You Don’t Have a Staff
- Screencast: How to Launch a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog in 20 Minutes or Less
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Question: What is your long-term delegation strategy? Who would you hire over the next two years if you had the resources to do it?