Delegation or Dumping?

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Over the years, I have learned a few things about delegation. Early on in my career and understanding this leadership development concept, I read an article about delegation. This article really had an impact on the way that I would lead.

This time will arise when you, as leader, come to the realization that you cannot do everything. It is at that point you must learn the art of delegation or those you think you are delegating tasks will feel like you are just dumping something on them. How do I know? Because I have been there and have lived out these principles. 

Effective leadership is not just getting rid of a task, assigning it to someone, to get off your todo list, and then calling it delegation. But effective delegation has another layer in the process. It is about trusting someone, instilling in them confidence and the giving them authority needed to accomplish whatever they have been asked to do. 

In my years of leadership, I have found these four simple steps helpful in developing leaders to lead and learning the art of delegation. Just think of leadership as influence. John Maxwell says, “The measure of leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less.” 

Who are you influencing?

Whatever the leadership situation that may find yourself in I believe these principles will work. So whether you are manager, CEO,  mentor, or coach they apply. 

It is simply called “The Four Phases of Ease”

  • I do, you watch
  • We do together
  • You do, I watch
  • You do, I do something else

Try it and see if these simple principles will make a difference in your leadership fundamentals. Let me know what you find out!

Be watching for further conversation about: Developing | Trust Instilling Confidence | Releasing Authority

I Know Who Holds Tomorrow

Almost immediately after the announcement that President Obama would be leading our nation for the next four years, the political analyst began dissect the Electoral College, looking at what went wrong in the Romney campaign. This morning the conversation on the national news networks was how will the election effect your life, job and future.

We all know America is changing and the conversation about budget issues, same sex marriage and recreational use marijuana reveals a very different America.

So how will all this impact us as believers and non-believers alike? There are many questions being asked with few answers. I believe we can ask the questions but not necessarily will we be able to really know or find immediate answers.

It has been said we live in the present; we need to forget the past and need to live with anticipation for the future.

This morning I was coming down the stairs in our home, their was a song running through my head so I walked over to the piano and began to play. The lyrics are, “I don’t know about tomorrow; I just live from day to day. I don’t borrow from its sunshine for its skies may turn to grey. I don’t worry o’er the future, for I know what Jesus said. And today I’ll walk beside Him, For He know what lies ahead. Many things about tomorrow I don’t seem to understand. But I know who holds the future and I know who holds my hand.”

I know one thing, Jesus made it very clear in the scripture, “He is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Friends, He is is Jehovah God who still cares that none perish but all come and experience life that is full, abundant and free.

All of this just reminds me that He is in control and I am not!