“It is better to get ten people to work than it is to do the work of ten.”
–traditional saying

Obviously, it’s better for you. Who really wants to work 80-hour weeks, week in and week out?  Not many, unless the work is so exciting and so absorbing that time is not a factor.

For most of us, this kind of schedule is a killer.  Yet I have met and coached many men and women who were putting in those kinds of hours because they had not learned to delegate effectively.

If you don’t know how to delegate, everything is going to find its way to your desk.

But if you think about it, delegation—getting ten to work—can be a benefit for the ten, not just you.  Those ten individuals will learn how to take responsibity, and they will grow.  As they grow, they will become more valuable to you, to the organization, and to themselves.  Their self-esteem will increase because they are more competent.

You are not “using them” in the negative sense of the phrase. Instead, you are giving others the opportunity to learn new tasks and develop new skills under your guidance and oversight.

When Ron Knowles retired as president of the First National Bank of Griffin, Georgia, he described for me what he called his “greatest achievement.”  It was not managing a bank profitably and safely, which he had done.  Knowles told me that his greatest achievement was growing seven bank presidents.  Out of that one bank had come seven bank presidents.

Knowles did it by using people, by showing others how to do his work.

by Gene Griessman, Ph.D.  (adapted from “99 Ways To Get More Out Of Every Day  www.presidentlincoln.com)

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