I love that Frank Sinatra song and as I see it, it fits in beautifully when the subject of delegating comes up with my coaching clients.
Here is how I explain why some business leaders have more success than others when it comes to developing their employees. As I see it, it is my job as a business owner to coach those who support the everyday tasks of my market research operation. I also coach professionally but even if I didn’t, I still believe that our jobs as business leaders include the coaching function.
Here is the biggest struggle I see when I am coaching business leaders specifically with regard to the aspect of delegating. Quite often business leaders will require that a project or task be done a certain way. Not because it HAS to be done that way but because that’s the way the business leader wants it done. Now this may be important if you are a brain surgeon coaching an inexperienced resident on a new procedure, but for the most part, the projects and tasks we delegate to our subordinates are less precise in nature and will allow for the person responsible for the task to be creative in the way they reach the objective.
Creating the space for your team to learn, grow, develop a higher level of self confidence and yes, make a mistake or two along the way is what your job as a supervisor and coach is all about. So get out of the way and allow creativity to play a part in the way the work flows in your company. You just might be surprised to find that there are more efficient and effective ways to get things done if you would only allow it to happen.
Have you ever just given someone a project and a deadline and allowed them to run with it? What was the outcome? Please comment below and join the conversation!