5 Delegation ‘Oops’ Moments (And How To Do It Better)

Running your own show is pretty awesome, isn’t it? You’re the captain of your ship, the master of your destiny. But let’s face it, sometimes we get a bit too involved in… well, everything. This whole micromanagement thing? It’s like quicksand for small business owners.

Now, I may shock you or confuse you with this statement: micromanaging is crucial to proper delegation!

“Bad” micromanagement is what you want to avoid. I get into that below so keep reading.

The “good” kind looks like coming alongside somebody and asking a few simple questions.

These 4 Questions Are Your Key To Proper Delegation:

1. “Is there anything I can do for you?”
2. “Are there any questions you have?”
3. “Are there any tools you need?”
4. “Does everything about this make sense?”

This is good leadership and what your team members need and want from you.

Let’s dive into the five oops moments of micromanaging and how you can smoothly shift gears to ace delegation.

 

1. Sweating the Small Stuff

Oops Moment: Ever find yourself fussing over the tiniest details? Yeah, we’ve all been there.

Quick Fix: Trust your crew. Start small, let them handle bits and pieces, and watch them rise to the occasion.

2. Making Your Team Doubt Themselves

Oops Moment: If you’re always breathing down their necks, your team might start feeling a bit down in the dumps about their skills.

Quick Fix: Build them up! Give them the reins on some decisions, and watch their confidence (and your business) grow.

3. Keeping Your Team in the Kiddie Pool

Oops Moment: Hover too much, and your team won’t get the chance to swim in the deep end and grow.

Quick Fix: Throw them some challenges. Pick tasks that’ll polish their skills and let them shine.

4. Being the Bottleneck Boss

Oops Moment: When you’re the go-to for every tiny decision, things can get clogged up pretty fast.

Quick Fix: Pass the baton for some decisions. Set the rules, then step back and let them run with it.

5. Missing the Forest for the Trees

Oops Moment: Too caught up in the nitty-gritty? You might lose sight of the big picture.

Quick Fix: Carve out time for the big dreams. Hand off the day-to-day stuff and focus on steering the ship towards new horizons.

Delegation Done Right: Your 5-Step Plan

1. Speak Clearly, Speak Kindly: Make sure your team knows what you want, how you want it, and by when.

2. Matchmaker Magic: Pair tasks with people who’d love to do them. It’s a win-win!

3. Tool Time: Hand them the tools and info they need. No one can fix a leak with a toothbrush, right?

4. Be the Guide, Not the Hero: Offer help, not takeover bids. Let them learn, even if they stumble a bit.

5. High Fives All Around: Celebrate their wins. It shows you value their effort and boosts team spirit.

Wrapping It Up

So, there you have it – shifting from being a micromanager to a mega-motivator isn’t just about stepping back; it’s about lifting your team up. It’s about creating a vibe where everyone grows, including your business. Remember, being a great leader isn’t about doing all the things; it’s about empowering your team to do amazing things. Let’s make it happen! 🚀

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Meet Chris LoCurto

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Chris has a heart for changing lives by helping people discover the life and business they really want.

Decades of personal and leadership development experience, as well as running multi-million dollar businesses, has made him an expert in life and business coaching. personality types, and communication styles.

Growing up in a small logging town near Lake Tahoe, California, Chris learned a strong work ethic at home from his full-time working mom. He began his leadership and training career in the corporate world, starting but at E'TRADE.

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