When Delegation Becomes Abdication

3 Reasons Your Leadership Doesn’t Get the Results You Want

Tell me you’ve had this experience. You assign a task but then forget about it. I sure have. As a leader, I am not a micromanager. That’s good news for my team. But I have to be intentional that delegation doesn’t drift into abdication. It’s not always disastrous when this happens. If we’ve hired well, […]

Leadership at the Symphony [Podcast S07E08]

8 Lessons from a Conductor

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 8 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss some of the lessons I learned from a conductor on a recent trip to the Nashville Symphony. Gail and I were amazed at the beauty and skill demonstrated by the musicians. But what really stood […]

How to Delegate Without a Staff [Podcast S06E10]

7 Strategies to Winning Even if You Don’t Have a Team

Welcome to Season 6, Episode 10 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to delegate without a staff. If you’re like a lot of listeners, you work too many hours and need to find some margin in life. Good news! Today we’re talking about seven strategies […]

No, You Don’t Need to be Great at Everything—and Why You Shouldn’t Even Try

One Belief Holding You Back in Business and Life

If you’re an entrepreneur at heart like me, it’s tempting to wear every hat in the business. This is especially true if you’re cursed with being halfway good at all those jobs. That’s not a compliment, by the way. I should emphasize the word cursed. Think of it this way: Would you intentionally hire someone […]

How to Defeat the Terrible Tyranny of Tiny Tasks

5 Simple Solutions to Get Back Your Time—and Your Sanity Too

My wife, Gail, recently purchased a DVD set of The Jetsons. Remember that? The cartoon imagined what life would be like in the future: robots, flying cars, and other conveniences—like minimal work hours. But it hasn’t panned out like that, has it? Believe it or not, since the 1930s economists and others predicted a future […]

#097: How to Do More of What You Love (And Less of What You Don’t) [Podcast]

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 […]

4 Strategies for Cutting Your To-Do List in Half


Because it will take longer than two minutes to write the action down on your to-do list, organize it, get back up to speed later, and complete the task. … And it will keep your to-do lists much shorter. [smartads] Here are four ways to cut your to-do list in half: Understand the five basic decisions.

What Tasks Should You Delegate First?

The Delegation Matrix

To be an effective leader, you have to become good at delegating. The problem is that what made you successful doesn’t usually scale. To grow—both personally and organizationally—you have to increasingly focus on those high payoff activities where you add the most value and get rid of everything else. As Dawson Trotman, founder of the […]

Why You Must Delegate Before You Automate

Why You Have To Delegate Before You Automate: 5 Steps To Reducing Your Workload And Getting The Right Things Done!

This is a guest post by Owen McGab Enaohwo. He is the co-founder of SweetProcess, an app that enables you to quickly and easily document how you get repetitive tasks done so that your employees know exactly what to do. In Michael’s post on successful delegation, I left the comment: “Sometimes in order to automate […]