4 Reasons Why You Need to Delegate from Your Team’s Perspective By: Bryan Miles, CEO and Co-founder of BELAY

It’s easy to get caught up in your new ability to delegate, that you forget about the other side of equation — how your team feels when it comes to your delegation. Have you ever wondered what they might be thinking as you entrust your tasks and responsibilities to them? Their perception is a key part of the delegation equation.

You’re ability to delegate to others is only one side of it. When you delegate to a team member, you must remember to keep your team’s perspective in mind, too.

Delegation From Your Team’s Perspective

In the journey of working to create ideal working relationships, we stopped and asked ourselves a very hard question … what is it like to be on the “other” side of my delegation?

Below are the top 4 things I have discovered that employees wish their leaders knew:

1)  Employees really hunger to know the WHY behind the WHAT of the tasks they are being asked to do.  Helping your employees to know and understand the WHY will most-always produce successful outcomes.

2)  People don’t mind being led as long as they feel appreciated along the way.  Be conscience to show your gratitude for their time and efforts and celebrate their accomplishments.

3)  Know what makes your team tick.  Is it words of affirmation, a flexible schedule, public recognition, or time off?  Take the time to know and understand your team and their needs and you will create a strong working relationship and a loyal employee.

4)  Be someone your team and or employees WANT to like and they will follow you and support you in all you do.

Remember, don’t forget that you are successful on the hard work of others. If you have their back, and they believe it, they’ll have your back!

Ready to start delegating? Download the Delegation Matrix

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Bryan Miles, CEO and Co-founder of BELAY

A Virtual Assistant Company Helping You Climb Higher

Easily identify the tasks that only you can do (and what others can do for you) with Belay’s Delegation Download.

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5 Steps to Becoming An Effective Delegator

By Guest Writer: Bryan Miles, CEO and Co-founder of BELAY

Delegation may not always come naturally to you, and for some of us, we are constantly trying to perfect this area of leadership. It’s worth striving for perfection because when you have motivated people who trust you, you’ll see your business propelled forward. Simon Sinek says this of delegation: “You have to earn trust by communicating and demonstrating that you share the same values and beliefs. You have to talk about your WHY and prove it with WHAT you do. Again, a WHY is just a belief, HOWs are the actions we take to realize that belief, and WHATs are the results of those actions. When all three are in balance, trust is built and value is perceived.”

Here are a few key points that I have realized over the years to help me perfect my “Art of Delegation”. Take what works for you and make it your own in your journey to building trust with your team.

Start With the End in Mind

1)  Delegation to me is “beginning with the end in mind.”  Meaning … asking those on my team to execute tasks that serve an ultimate purpose and either solve a problem or move our business forward.  Assigning these tasks help me free up space/time in my day so that I can take care of the “one-offs” and critical daily tasks that I, as a Leader, need to attend to.

2)  When you delegate, delegate a result not a task.  What is the end result that you are looking for?  Give your teammate and/or employee the opportunity to work toward a goal and then celebrate the result with them.  Not only will you give them something to celebrate but you have also given them a sense of ownership and responsibility for their projects/efforts.

3)  Don’t delegate things you love doing.  In most cases, the things you HATE to do take more time to do and distract you from the goals you are working toward.  Delegate those tasks to team members who are more qualified and or patient and willing to execute those items so you won’t be bogged down by doing them.

4)  Express to your team the WHY behind the WHAT so they can feel passionate about the projects they are executing. Understand that people will strive and toil … and the WHY can fuel them.

5)  Be mindful of the tasks you ask others to execute (from a timing and knowledge-base perspective) and express gratitude to them when tasks are complete.  This creates a greater relationship with you and your employees and makes you someone they will want to follow.

You don’t have to jump in with all these ideas at once. Try a few out and see what happens when you focus on the why behind your tasks and the ultimate result you want with each delegation assignment.

The art of delegation isn’t just about you as a leader though and how you divvy out assignments. Delegating is about knowing your team and the powerful part they play in the process. When employees know your motivation and recognize your trust, they feel more connected to the mission of your business. When there is trust, you will then see a healthier bottom line, which translates directly into everyone’s success.

In our next blog, we delve into understanding the role your employees play in delegation.

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Bryan Miles, CEO and Co-founder of BELAY

A Virtual Assistant Company Helping You Climb Higher

Easily identify the tasks that only you can do (and what others can do for you) with Belay’s Delegation Download.

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What’s The Big Idea? On Thinking About Our Thinking.

It’s been a great week for me.  I have been doing some mini trainings here in Dallas as well as virtually with some online groups online.  It has been refreshing for me to think “big picture” about our message and distill it into simplicity for those who have never heard about Think Time.

What are some of our big picture thoughts?  Let’s start with a quote from Uncle Al!

“We cannot solve our problems with the same THINKING we used when we created them.”  — Albert Einstein

Take a moment and write or draw some of the successes you are experiencing and some of the problems you are facing in your life.

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Some things are going well, and other things are not.  In the areas in which we are struggling or stuck, we need to develop new ways to think about things.  Then, we can get unstuck.

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Psychologist Henry Cloud notes that 90% of the thoughts we have today are the same thoughts we had yesterday.

While this has worked well for us in many areas in life, there are areas in life in which our old habits are no longer serving us.  Instead, they are actually hindering us.  When we rise above our thoughts and think about our thinking, new neural pathways begin to form and we can begin to get unstuck.

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This is the heart of what we are doing at Think Time.  We are practicing healthy thinking over and over again…sort of “trying on” the thinking patterns of top performers and wise people.  The more we practice these thinking patterns, over and over again, the stronger these new neural pathways will grow, and we can begin to get unstuck.

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Christine M. Wilson, LPC
Co-Founder, Think Time

 

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What Would Your 80 Year Old Self Say?

By Guest Writer, Dr. Emily Shupert

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What are your 2-3 biggest concerns right now?

What keeps you up at night? What issues and fears related to them keep you up at night or create a constant low hum in the back of your mind? Is it about your work? Your finances? Your relationships? Whatever they are, write them out. I’m sure you’d love to have the answers to solve these concerns, right? While I can’t give you an answer, I’m going to ask you a question that will help you gain greater perspective and greater efficiency as you tackle these areas of concern.

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What would your 80-year-old version say to you – right now, as you look at these concerns?

Yes, you read correctly. I know, it’s an odd question to ask but let’s just go with it for a minute because at the end of this exercise you’ll gain two characteristics: perspective and greater efficiency.

Perspective

If you knew that these issues, these super stressful and sometimes all-consuming concerns, would be taken care of and everything would be ok in the end, how would you see the issue in the current situation?

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I’m not asking you to let go and stop working.

Quite the opposite.

But I do want you to gain perspective because when we are completely surrounded by the problem, we forget to look up and see that this problem will ultimately resolve itself.

When it’s all we can see, we make decisions based on our current fears and miss the overall picture completely.  Stress makes us stupid.  No, you aren’t stupid, but your fears often cloud your judgement and cause you to either act out of your fears or not act at all in order to avoid them all together.  So even though you don’t know the answers to the problem, just keep reminding yourself that it will work out will give you more objectivity as you wrestle the issues and create top-notch solutions.

Perspective helps you relax, not be consumed by your fears or become stalled. You will be able to objectively approach the issue.

Greater Efficiency

How are these concerns capitalizing on your focus and precious time?

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I have a super successful business friend who does only “standing meetings” with his team.  It’s called standing because it’s only 20 minutes and not enough time for people to sit down, get comfortable, and spend too much time talking about what they actually need to go out and implement. They enter in the meeting with a problem and exit with a solution. People are prepared beforehand and make the most effective use of their time and others in the meeting. I’m sure it’s a bit of a sprint, but they don’t allow one issue or problem to stump them for an hour, a week or days.

This brilliant idea works because when we get stumped on the current issue, we not only miss out on other items on our list, but we can also have analysis paralysis; we spend time looking for the perfect solution that just might not exist.

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Take advantage of the maxim students depend on when taking their exams: if you get tripped up on a question, make an educated guess, and then move on.  If you can go back, do it, but don’t spend all your time on a tricky question when you have 49 more to go.  What you are facing right now might be critical; if it weren’t a problem, it wouldn’t have come to mind. But if you focus only on this issue, you’re missing out on the rest of your life. Commit a reasonable amount of time and energy to solve this issue but be sure it doesn’t prohibit you from making progress elsewhere.

I bet you’d be pretty relieved when you imagine the 80-year-old version of you, what you’ve done, and whom you’ve become.  But what made you a happy, satisfied, and healthy 80-year-old probably wasn’t finding the answer to this one issue, but because you worked hard, managed your time and resources well, poured into others, and did not allow problems to shape your entire life.

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Whenever you face an issue that feels daunting and unclear, ask yourself what the 80-year-old version would say about the situation, which will allow you to live with greater perspective, efficiency and without regrets.

So now it’s your turn.

Write out a response from that wise, happy, and successful 80-year-old version of you.

See, you’re closer to the answers than you imagined!

by Emily Shupert, Ph.D., LPC, DCC

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Simplify Life in Atlanta 
Counselor and Coach
Dr. Emily Shupert helps clients heal from the past, find clarity in the present, and embrace the future. With multiple advanced counseling degrees, Dr. Shupert runs Simplify Life Counseling + Coaching Services in Atlanta. She works primarily with tweens, teens, and young adults struggling with anxiety disorders. Dr. Shupert is passionate about sharing life-giving insights with individuals through counseling and speaking to corporations.

 

Author of The Happiness Map

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