If there were a way you could clone yourself would you be interested? No, I am not talking about some futuristic experiment, but rather a down to earth way of getting some of your job assignments done effectively and in a fraction of the time. I am talking about making it a habit to delegate assignments and responsibilities that you shouldn’t be doing.
First, you need to identify your excuses for not delegating. We are all guilty of them to some degree. Some of the standard excuses for not deputizing some of your work to others are:
“I’m the only one who can really do this right”
“I don’t have the time to delegate”
“As soon as I teach someone else how to do it, he or she leaves”
There are many, many other excuses which could fill the rest of this page, so I won’t go into them here. However, there are many good reasons to delegate certain things to your employees or staff members.
Here are four of the best reasons I know on why to delegate:Job Completion
It gets the job done. Plain and simple the job will get done properly when you delegate in the right manner.Employee Inclusion
It allows your staff to feel in on things. When you delegate you automatically give the person receiving the assignment an opportunity to feel part of the action. Good employees like to be involved with something of importance.Professional Development
It grows our employees. People like to learn. One of the worst things you can do is limit the learning potential of your staff. Since most people only use a fraction of their potential, giving them the opportunity to learn and develop new skills will develop their learning potential.Return on Investment (ROI)
It gives you the opportunity to do spend more time on top priority assignments. You are not on the payroll at your salary level to do a job an employee, at a lesser salary level, could do. You will get a greater return on the time you invest when you are work on high priority items and delegate the lower priority items to an employee.
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Tom Borg is president of Tom Borg Consulting, LLC. He is a business consultant, speaker, coach and author. He helps companies and organization become more profitable by increasing their value and lowering their costs through the professional development of their managers and employees.