Today Randy delegated a to-do item to me: promote his article on delegation. But in all seriousness, this is a great article.

My guess is that most of you are the sort of worker who knows that if you do the job yourself it will be done right the first time. And so you always default to just doing it yourself. But delegation is crucial to managing your time and living your life with focus. And that’s especially true if you’re a boss or a manager.

Some tasks you just shouldn’t be doing yourself, even if you could do it better and faster yourself. By avoiding delegation you are piling up work for yourself that may not be the best use of your time. As a boss you’re the only person who can do Task A. Yet you’re spending your time on Tasks B, C, and D because you’ve decided you can do them quicker than someone else. And so Task A (the one that only you can do) never gets done. You should delegate Tasks B, C, and D so you can be free to do Task A.

Also, did you know that by avoiding delegation you are robbing others of their chance to learn new skills?

January 4, 2011