Delegation requires trust and authority. We must trust that we have adequately described the problem and the desired outcomes. We must trust that our delegates have understood us and are capable. We must trust that they have the needed resources. And we must trust ourselves that we will be able handle whatever happens–good or bad–and that we […]
As leaders (with or without title), we can sometimes feel guilty for delegating work to others especially when it is work that we have done before and could do now. We think, “Aren’t we the responsible ones? Aren’t we getting paid the big bucks?” Included in our job as leaders is to make the connections, […]
What do we do when there is too much to do? How can we get to working on the big, important things when there are so many fires to fight? At first, working harder, getting organized, and using more efficient processes helps. But soon the complexity of work outstrips our ability to just press harder. […]
Often, our greatest impediment to success is our past success. We make the mistake of attributing our prior success to some of our most treasured behaviors or assets. We conclude that, to keep succeeding, we must keep using those treasured ways. We think we know what’s right, what’s best. That would not be a bad […]
Have you ever tried to take off or put on a pair of jeans without first removing your shoes? When we are in a hurry, we think it will save time and it never does. We end up in a bizarre modern dance routine that takes way longer than removing our shoes would have taken. […]
Have you been burned delegating work–especially complex, thinking work–to others? You give someone a chunk of work to do and it comes back wrong, incomplete, or late. Sometimes it doesn’t even come back! Happens to everyone. Then we tend to avoid delegating again thinking, “if I want it done right, I have to do it […]
Regardless of how long you’ve been a leader, you may tumble over this and other common Obstacles to Leadership. The First Osbstacle is “Overvaluing your individual contribution”. Learn to identify and surpass this obstacle in yourself and others.