Delegation

Hi, it’s Anthony from Time Technology.

Often with a group of managers,  we ask a question: why don’t we delegate more?  Within one minute, the group can come up with over 15 reasons why not to delegate, on average, only one being a valid reason..

Some of the first to come up are:

  • Don’t trust the outcome,
  • People don’t have the skills,
  • I can do it better or faster,
  • There is no one to delegate to,
  • People are too busy, and so on.

There is an unconscious belief, almost bias, that delegation is top-down.  Delegation no longer works this way.  Today, we all give work and we all receive work.  We ask our clients, teams, and even our kids to do things—all forms of delegation.

Some TimeSmart tips:

  • Change the mindset from delegation to collaboration.
  • Give people the opportunity to grow. We learn by doing.
  • Be open to finding skills within multi-generational, diverse teams.
  • See delegation as a strong workflow that supports how we get things done.

I’ve been sharing this for over five years.  Yet when the stakes are high, we can slip back into our old habits.  Let me share a story:

I coached a senior Aussie Rules football team.  My first season, on the eve of our first game, I was already feeling burnt out and stressed after the longest pre-season thanks to COVID-19. My coaching group wasn’t quite clicking and I noticed my younger talented coaches were losing engagement.

I should have seen it sooner.  I made the decision to give them more responsibility in designing and training on match day.  I informed them and the players on the morning of their first game of the season.

The coaches’ engagement and enthusiasm changed immediately.  The players were lifted and a huge weight came off my shoulders.  We went out and we won the game by 43 points. My coaches were motivated and stimulated and I had more time to build relationships and communicate with the players.

All I know is that if we don’t approach delegation in a collaborative and inclusive way, we will not spend the amount of time in Q1 and Q2 of the value matrix we should because we are stuck in Q3.

There has never been a better time to explore and embrace a new way of working. We’d love to share TimeSmart with you.

An old saying is: we don’t know what we don’t know.  My number is above, let’s have a zoom call. Nothing to lose! Speak soon.