Do you find yourself saying, “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself”? If so, you might suffer from a debilitating condition known as delegation phobia.
Symptoms of delegation phobia include a stagnant business, excessive work hours, and incredible stress. But you don’t have to see your doctor to solve delegation phobia. You just have to learn to let go of more tasks, even the ones you can’t fathom anyone else doing as well as you can.
If it hasn’t happened already, there definitely will come a time when your company can’t keep growing at a healthy pace, unless you allow others to take on more of what you do. Sometimes you have to get out of your own way, stop the micromanagement, and focus on the big picture.
Delegate Or Die!
For a perfectionist, delegating can be a painful process, but when you have the right people in the right positions — and you give them the authority to do their jobs — amazing things happen. This blog illustrates why delegation is so important, describing a few common obstacles that get in the way — and what to do about them. Just don’t delegate reading the blog post to someone else. Be sure to see it for yourself!
4 Signs You’re Micromanaging Your Employees
You’ve finally managed to start offloading some of the tasks and projects that are near and dear to you, but you haven’t quite reached full delegation mode yet. Chances are good you’re micromanaging your team members now — in an attempt to stay involved and ensure the outcome you want. While it can be very challenging to let your employees loose to do whatever they need to do, micromanaging destroys morale and invalidates the talents of the quality people you hired. This Fast Company article highlights 4 signs that you’re micromanaging too much and not delegating enough.
How To Stop Micromanaging
The ultimate delegator can assign tasks and step aside without constant checkups, check-ins, and interventions. If you feel like you’re still micromanaging a little too much, you may need to evaluate why you’re doing it. It’s also a good idea to communicate with your team about how often they want you to reach out to them regarding their progress. For more on how to stop micromanaging, check out this excellent Harvard Business Review article.
Take A Break: Fainting Goats
If you’ve never seen fainting goats, you’re in for a treat. This classic video describes the unique goat breed — but most importantly, it showcases the fainting goat in all its glory.