The Challenge of Delegating

In the book, The Winning Way, co-authored with Brian Tracy, I described three key attributes for good leaders — Communicate, Calculate and Delegate.  It is interesting that this week I was faced with situations where clients were experiencing challenges all related delegation-400x275to letting go and allowing their team take on the responsibility and ability to get the job done.

Delegation — the act of passing a task or responsibility along to others, most commonly to people who are below you on the totem pole.

Delegation isn’t just a top down action.  In fact, delegation happens in all directions.  for example, my clients delegate projects and responsibility to me as their consultant (external delegation), a committee may delegate action items to specific departments or positions within an organization. Delegation happens between colleagues and collaborating departments too. When teams, from the leader on down, are engaged and share in the goals and vision of an organization, delegation is a fundamental component and can be a “make-it or break-it” facet of the results achieved.

I recently hired a new virtual assistant and I have been in the process of letting go of tasks I’ve been doing over the past few months.  This involves a change of thinking and planning.  My VA is eager to take on whatever I’ll send her way.  She’s also eager to assume role that offers me more value, and saves me time and effort.  What’s stopping me … bad habits!  Yes, its true.  I’m so used to just doing it all that I forget to delegate.

This week was a pivot point for us. My failure to effectively delegate was stopping both of us from being successful!  A great conversation where we shared, clarified and planned our next steps opened new doors.  My “aha” including the realization that I wasn’t  afraid my V.A. couldn’t do the job correctly.  Instead,  it was a failure to communicate what was in my head when I realized something needed to be done.

Do you delegate what and when you should, or do you fall prey to the common trap of “if I do it myself it will be done right”  or only delegate tasks you don’t like doing?

Delegation, when done right will enhance morale, build trust and facilitate success for yourself, your team and your organization.

 

Ignite Leadership has many solutions to develop stronger leadership and better teams.  Contact us to explore how our solutions may help you improve delegation, communication, leadership and team dynamics.

 

 

Treat Your Vision as a VIP and Ignite Results

Have you ever wished you had the time to dream a little on how you can up-level your business, land that bigger project or switch gears?  Maybe you are feeling stuck or too entrenched in the status quo, or you have a vision but just don’t seem to find the time to actually get things moving in the right direction.

Whether its a perceived lack of time, clarity and focus, uncertainty on how to move forward, or other obstacles that are stopping you from reaching your goals, a VIP Day Intensive may be a solution that can change your future!  Reaching your dreams and making your vision a reality takes commitment, a willingness to push yourself outside your comfort zone and support from others never hurt.

 

Really, most of us just focus on what’s in front of us. We’re too busy putting out the fires of everyday life.     Aidan Quinn

 

Is your Vision eluding You?

When setting goals and a vision, it is recommended to stretch to new heights to help you grow and be more

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successful.  Why does your vision elude you if you are willing to do what it takes to reach it?  Is your vision so lofty it’s unrealistic?

Interestingly enough, most successful business leaders I work with do not lack for ideas of what they want to achieve, nor do they have goals and visions that are so lofty they can’t attain them.  In fact, the opposite is true – they have an abundance of great goals and most turn those goals into reality.  Yet, there are always those goals that elude even the most successful.

 

Why does this happen?

  1. a) For some, their vision for the future was so far from their current reality they are unable to bridge the huge divide.  This results in lowered expectations and settling for a lesser, yet acceptable result.
  2. b)  Others just give up on this lofty goal altogether and opt to pursue another, more “realistic” goal.
  3. c)  And others stay the course and pursue their vision but struggle to achieve the results they envisioned, facing obstacles or set-backs, or distractions along the way.

 

“People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.” Norman Vincent Peale

 

Why can a VIP Day Intensive be the Right Solution?

When you have a lofty or stretch goal or vision, you see the bigger picture – what it looks like, how you will feel, what you can do differently, why its important to you, etc.    The place where you may be getting stuck is on the steps between what IS today and what WILL BE tomorrow.

A VIP Day Intensive is a highly focused session that focuses on what you want to achieve.  Together with your Coach, you get really clear on what that looks like but more importantly you work backwards identifying the milestones, and action steps that are necessary to make it happen.

Go Confidently QuoteThe success of a VIP Day comes from the momentum that you can build from this dedicated time and focus.  Imagine spending over 6 hours on this one vision!  You will identify the steps you need to take, the tools and resources that will help you along the way, the people who can support you, and how to navigate potential obstacles that may appear along the way.   Your Coach is skilled to help you explore, dig deeper, shift gears and squeeze out every gem so that you can implement your plan immediately and achieve your vision sooner!

At the end of your Intensive, you will be energized and motivated to reach this vision.  You will walk away with a roadmap and a strong understanding of what you will implement tomorrow, next week and next month and beyond.  Most importantly you will recognize your achievements and know how to celebrate these successes along the way.

 

Many people don’t focus enough on execution. If you make a commitment to get something done, you need to follow through on that commitment.             Kenneth Chenault

 

Catherine is an Executive Coach & Consultant committed to illuminating excellence through team dynamics, communication and leadership.  Her VIP Day Intensives are designed to inspire leaders to link their visions to their passion, up-level their commitment and execution, identify the steps and resources that will both streamline and support their vision, identify the right processes to ignite results and create the accountability to follow-through.  Apply for your VIP Day and Learn More

Mastermind Your Way to Your Goals

Have you ever participated in a mastermind program?

If you have, you know how much a dedicated group of people committed to the success of each and every member can be to you achieving more in less time.

If not, you are missing out on one of the greatest tools available at your disposal.

Last week I attended the SOHO SME Expo.  This expo attracted small and medium business owners in a wide variety of sectors.  I had the opportunity to connect with many attendees while assisting a colleague,  Sue Clement, Success Coaching with her booth at the event.   I had the opportunity to share my programs as I networked around the room.  I was amazed at how many people had not heard about mastermind programs.  This struck a chord and I knew I had to share more information about this tool for success.

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