When it comes to your business, you’re the one who knows how it runs. You’re the one who’s been there from the beginning, and it’s your vision and guidance that has built it to the point it’s reached and paid the groundwork for the future. And the day-to-day in and out of the company is the same. Everything has to run according to the master plan, because if something doesn’t go quite right, it’ll be the end of the world. You have to write this article, parse this spreadsheet, meet this client. You have to make the purchasing decision for the next round of servers. Someone else might have gotten it wrong.
Believe it or not, though, this attitude can be absolutely poisonous to your business. According to one study 46 percent of businesses are worried about their employees’s delegation skills. Delegation is something that has to start at the top, and as a founder or owner it’s incredibly easy to bury yourself in work and never want to hand it off.
As a study points out, businesses with owners that delegate grow faster, generate more revenue and create more jobs. Other people may not do exactly what you do, but that’s part of the risk you take when you hand off parts of your business to other people. Giving away the tasks that other people actually can do frees time for you to work on the parts that you really have to do yourself.
It’s hard enough to run a business as it is. If you are doing everything yourself and not delegating today is the day to stop. Learn to get out of the way of your own business and you’ll be able to watch it flourish.
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