How to Master Delegation

11-29-2013 10-53-22 PM

Delegation may seem easy for some, especially to those who are eager to lessen their responsibilities, but for entrepreneurs, it becomes an arduous task. Entrepreneurs are hard workers. They look at delegation in a pessimistic manner. The force of habit is one the reasons why business people don’t like handing over their work. Businesses start from zero, with the entrepreneur mostly doing all the work. He or she develops this system to how things are done. Passing off the work irk entrepreneurs because they want things to be done exactly in their own way.

But to not delegate is to block ones path to growth. Your martial arts school will not expand if you decide to do all the work. The main problem with the fear of delegation is that entrepreneurs think that there is only one way of doing things. Think of it this way, martial artists are unique in their own way, with different styles and techniques. There is no “ultimate” way on how to practice martial arts, and that’s the same with businesses. Although your management style can be effective, there are also other different ways on how to handle your martial arts school.

With this in mind, the first step on how to master delegation is to accept that there are a lot of ways on how to accomplish big and small tasks. You can take the first step by not always looking for perfection and by settling with good enough. Perfection cannot be achieved by everybody. Not every task should be perfect, like arranging chairs, looking for a venue, choosing the best caterer, etc. All of the simplest work can be done by the highest of standard, but can you imagine the time and effort it would take? For example, you’re a man whose worth is 500$ an hour, would you still insist on wasting time to go do a job that even a man with a 10$ per hour salary can do?

You must delegate to save time and energy. The extra time that you’ve acquired by not doing everything can now be used for bigger and better things like management, or figuring ways on how to expand your business.

When you learn to delegate simple work, you can then move ahead by passing on more complex tasks to people who you trust. You can also outsource simple jobs by hiring contractors and freelancers who are happy to do the work for cheaper prices. Lastly, you can ask the people who you trust to delegate work as well. This makes sure that your business evolves and gets bigger, better.

To master delegation, follow these steps.

  1. Tell EXACTLY what you want.
  2. Choose a person that you can trust, make sure he or she understands what you want.
  3. Explain the importance of the task.
  4. Explain how to do the task clearly. Don’t micro-manage.
  5. Create a deadline.
  6. Both parties should agree on the deadline and the instructions set.


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