September 2010 Newsletter

Myth: I Get More Done When I Do It Myself!

September 2010 Newsletter ImageBecause of my line of work, I often interact with executives and managers who “do” all day, but never seem to accomplish those major tasks on their “to do” list. One of the first roadblocks we identify, not surprisingly, is that they are trying to do too much by themselves. In a word, they won’t delegate or delegate enough.

We like to think that if we work alone, we’ll have less distraction and more time to get more done since we don’t have to check up on people we have delegated tasks to, and, by the way, impress everyone in the process. But that’s simply not the case. Delegating is essential to career growth. It lightens our load, it empowers our team members, and it helps us lead by example. Delegation also has the potential to advance our career. Rather than spending our day mired down in details, we can use delegation as a tool to focus our energies elsewhere, like completing a critical project or implementing a strategic plan.

So why then is it so hard for some people to delegate? Some say that they’re reluctant to delegate because of a lack of trust. How can someone else be trusted to do the task the way I would do it? Others say it has to do with not knowing which tasks to delegate and which ones to keep. This may seem obvious, but when you’re used to doing everything yourself, it’s hard to know just what to let go. All these reasons for avoiding delegating are legitimate. But what my work experience has taught me is that the number one reason for being reluctant to delegate doesn’t come out of the who or what; it comes out of the how.

How many times have you thought, “Oh, it’s easier to just do it myself!” Well, in a way, it is. The process of successful delegation is just that, a process (to see it outline in full detail take a look at ). It’s a process that no longer allows us to run and make decisions on the fly. Rather it requires us to sit down and spend time thinking about and outlining the outcomes we’re looking to achieve. Staying focused on the outcomes (picture hovering around 1,000 feet) enables us to empower our team members by giving opportunities to design the process needed to achieve those outcomes. It’s the 80/20 rule reversed. My clients have shown me that when they invest 20% of their time in up-front planning about desired outcomes, they’ll reap an 80% return in back-end productivity when their team takes over the process of implementing them. Now that’s an ROI that “I’ll do it myself” kind of managing could never achieve.


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Vogelsang Asset Management LLC of Valparaiso, Indiana has teamed up with the Healthy Woman Institute of Porter Hospital to host Strategies to Help Recover, Rebuild, Renew ... Money Matters with Terry Savage. The event will take place in the Harre Union at Valparaiso University on Tuesday, September 28th at 6:30 p.m.

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