The Art of Delegation

You can delegate authority, but ultimately, you cannot delegate responsibility.

This is probably one of the reasons why people are slow to delegate. Sometimes, it’s because they wanna be in control, or because they wanna feel needed, but sometimes, it’s because they realize that they’re ultimately responsible for the outcome, and they don’t wanna rely on someone else to get the job done.

If you have an attitude like “if you want it done right, then you’ve gotta do it yourself” or “it’s easier to simply do it than to try and train someone else to do it”, then, in the long run, you won’t be as productive as you otherwise could’ve been. 

If you wanna grow, if you want to multiply your life, if you want to accomplish big things with your life, then you’ve got to learn to delegate!

In general, my attitude is if someone else can do it just about as well as I can, then I shouldn’t be doing it. If you’re in any type of management or leadership position, then you need to become an expert when it comes to delegating.

When you’re thinking about hiring an assistant, the wrong question to ask is, “What are they worth?

You see, when you’re thinking about hiring an assistant, a better question to ask would be, “What’s my time worth? How much of my time will they be able to free up?

And, speaking of time, it takes time to delegate. Inability to delegate due to lack of time is short-term thinking. The time that you lose delegating on the front end is recovered on the back end. 

Figure out what you can delegate, and then delegate all that you can. Throughout the day, you should be continually asking yourself, “Is this the best use of my time right now? Am I staying effective? Am I spending my time doing the things that only I can do?” 

In general, one way to stay effective is to establish daily routines. When establishing your daily routines, first figure out what time of the day you’re the most effective and then decide how to budget your time.

You budget your time like you budget money. Make a list of the time wasters that you have during a typical day. Study them and figure out how much time they use up. Doing this will pinpoint activities that you don’t need to do or that could possibly be done by someone else. 

Delegate everything that you possibly can. It saves time and it helps to develop others. 

Of course, this is something that you probably already do, because this is what winners do, and you are a winner, and given enough time, you WILL win! Yes, you ARE a winner!

 
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Full Transcript:

Hi, this is Don Howe, and the topic for this Golden Nugget is “Delegation”, and I’d like to start off by stating that you can delegate authority, but ultimately, you cannot delegate responsibility.

This is probably one of the reasons why people are slow to delegate. Sometimes, it’s because they wanna be in control, or because they wanna feel needed, but sometimes, it’s because they realize that they’re ultimately responsible for the outcome, and they don’t wanna rely on someone else to get the job done.

If you have an attitude like “if you want it done right, then you’ve gotta do it yourself” or “it’s easier to simply do it than to try and train someone else to do it”, then, in the long run, you won’t be as productive as you otherwise could’ve been. 

If you wanna grow, if you want to multiply your life, if you want to accomplish big things with your life, then you’ve got to learn to delegate!

In general, my attitude is if someone else can do it just about as well as I can, then I shouldn’t be doing it. If you’re in any type of management or leadership position, then you need to become an expert when it comes to delegating.

When you’re thinking about hiring an assistant, the wrong question to ask is, “What are they worth?”

You see, when you’re thinking about hiring an assistant, a better question to ask would be, “What’s my time worth? How much of my time will they be able to free up?”

And, speaking of time, it takes time to delegate. Inability to delegate due to lack of time is short-term thinking. The time that you lose delegating on the front end is recovered on the back end. 

Figure out what you can delegate, and then delegate all that you can. Throughout the day, you should be continually asking yourself, “Is this the best use of my time right now? Am I staying effective? Am I spending my time doing the things that only I can do?” 

In general, one way to stay effective is to establish daily routines. When establishing your daily routines, first figure out what time of the day you’re the most effective and then decide how to budget your time.

You budget your time like you budget money. Make a list of the time wasters that you have during a typical day. Study them and figure out how much time they use up. Doing this will pinpoint activities that you don’t need to do or that could possibly be done by someone else. 

Delegate everything that you possibly can. It saves time and it helps to develop others. 

Of course, this is something that you probably already do, because this is what winners do, and you are a winner, and given enough time, you WILL win! Yes, you ARE a winner!

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