You aren’t doing delegation right. That might seem like a familiar tune coming from us at Virtually Here, but today, I want to talk about something that’s a little off the beaten path of delegation we typically focus on. Normally, we supply you with tools, tips and Virtual Assistant recommendations to help you successfully delegate your workload. Helping you get your life back and accelerate your business growth is what we are all about–and one of the main reasons I started Virtually Here.
Today, I need to talk to you about the most important kind of delegation Virtually Here can’t do for you. I believe this kind of delegation is the key factor in small business owners getting stuck, overwhelmed and backpedaling in their business growth. If you aren’t doing this, your business won’t grow, period. And it’s a common, all too easy to make error countless small business owners fall into–over and over again.
The Most Important Thing You Will Ever Delegate
THE most important thing you will ever delegate–the determining factor in whether or not you stay stuck or grow, is your willingness to delegate key decision areas. If YOU are the only person who can make decisions for your business, at some point your business will plateau and cease to move forward.
There are only so many decisions, and only so much output, that you yourself can make within a 24 hour period. The reason you don’t want to be the only person who can make decisions for your business, is because eventually you will become large enough that instead of being the energizer bunny at the heart of your business, you will turn into the decision making bottleneck choking your business’ progress.
You are the heart of your business–of course you want to keep your hand in every part of it. But if your vision of what your business can be in 2017 expands beyond what a small team of owner and a few key employees can do, you will have to expand your vision of what your employees are responsible for. You are going to have to take your fingers out of all the pies, and delegate your authority to make decisions to one or more trusted employees.
Is This You?
Does this sound familiar? You start off your week with a to-do list that will take care of all the key areas in your business. You plan to spend time on the day-to-day, plan your marketing for the next quarter, do some local networking and–one of your employees runs in to tell you that your primary vendor is behind schedule. You deal with that. You come back to your desk, only to have to deal with a disgruntled customer. Deal with that. It’s lunchtime–you’re interrupted by …
When YOU are the only decision maker in your business–the only person in authority who can say yes or no, you aren’t only answerable for planning your business, but for dealing with everything that arises as you do business. If you have designed your business with yourself, the owner, as the only person in charge, your business will only ever be as large as you. If you are the sole decision maker of your business, your business will never outgrow your capacity.
And this kind of thinking is not only bad for business–it’s bad for you. Did you start your business dreaming of constantly putting out fires, staying up late stressing about finances you’ve been putting off dealing with and agonizing over where to spend your marketing money? Absolutely not!!
Growing a robust business that is anchored to just one person is a never-ending nightmare scenario. If you are the only source of power for your business, you will have all the stress and no time to enjoy the rewards. You started your business because you envisioned a rewarding, personally fulfilling job that gave you freedom to act independently and grow the way you want to. Don’t make the mistake of building your business in a way that can’t support your dreams.
I hope you meet the challenge–it’s a scary thing to contemplate giving authority away for us small business owners, but determining and delegating key decision areas can be a lifesaver for your business–and you. We’ll be talking a bit more about how you can implement these kind of changes to the way you do business come January, but for now, I want to wish you a blessed holiday season and a fantastic start to 2017.
To Your Success!