We’ve finally worked through a sticking point in our business that was like a ball and chain suppressing our team to the point of exhaustion.
You may know the feeling.
Turns out it’s root was the failure to delegate and put the best people in front of their passions and strengths.
As affiliate owners, we often stand in the way of our own success. It’s easy to get stuck operating in the technician role in our business- coaching the majority of the classes, taking most of the calls, data entry, signing up members, opening and closing the business, and cleaning bathrooms, etc. Basically, we’re the workhorse and seemingly best person for every job in our boxes. I’m here to tell you this mindset is a HUGE problem, and you have to stop yourself!
Don’t get me wrong; sweat equity and doing what needs to be done is important. It can be valuable experience and guidance for an up and coming team, but it’s time for you to step up and be a true leader! Taking your business to the next level depends on it.
An affiliate owner’s role involves exploring new opportunities, making critical decisions, delegating and empowering, and motivating and steering the direction of the company. Stepping outside this role means that your staff is either incompetent or that there is no trust in their ability to get the job done right. You don’t want to send that message, right?
Know when to let go! You’ll never feel comfortable, so don’t look for perfection when delegating a task, just see that the job gets done right.
Follow these 3 tips to get yourself out of the way of your own success:
1. Create the opportunity for your team to learn new skills to advance the business.
- Establish the expectation for the outcome, layout the standards that must be maintained, but don’t micromanage the approach they take.
2. Follow up!
- Check in before the deadline to establish good communication and to measure the success of the outcome.
3. Show Appreciation for those who accept responsibility.
- Make sure your team knows their value and their work is important. Take them to lunch, kick them a gift card to their favorite store or write them a personal note.
It’s said that the most successful managers aim at making themselves unnecessary to their staff. This is what it means to go ALL IN! Do you have what it takes?
What’s the most important task you’re going to commit to start delegating to your team?
Tim and Meghan have their own valuable perspectives on mastering the art of delegation.
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