Delegate without abandoning your responsibilities is by far the greatest business success principle. Most business owners learn very early on that they need to delegate, and most need to delegate more business responsibility than they do.
When you start delegating and your business grows, the challenge becomes how to delegate without abandoning your responsibilities.
Team work builds efficiency
There is a line that all business owners walk, where you want to delegate, but you’re a bit afraid to – especially at first, because you think no one else can do things as well as you can, or you simply are afraid things won’t get done at all if you don’t do them.
Just the opposite is true. When you have a team you can delegate work to, it frees your time up to do other things in your business. You can focus your attention on the bigger picture, the things that grow your business even more.
Hiring a team affords you the opportunity to delegate, and leverage your business. But, the thing you don’t want to do is delegate and then never look at those things again.
Ultimately you are responsible for the success or failure of your business.
Remember, when you delegate things to your team, you still have to have systems in place to make sure what you’re delegating is getting done and getting done properly. If you don’t have systems in place to follow up on the things you’ve delegated it’ll cost you time, energy, money, and in some cases a lot of frustration.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re delegating things dealing with the finances in your business, customer care, or how to handle leads as they come into your business, or if you’re delegating related to your management systems, you have to have checks and balances in place. As the business owner, you’re the one who is ultimately responsible for the outcomes in your business. You’re the one who is ultimately responsible for the success or failure of your business.
Now, are things still going to happen? Yes, things are still going to fall through the cracks, there are going to be mistakes made, but if you have systems in place with checks and balances, you’re going to be able to fix those things before they become bigger problems, and they cost you a lot of money and energy.
So, delegate to your team, but remember that ultimately it’s your business and you’re responsible for what happens in your business. Set systems of checks and balances so you can spot check the things you’ve handed over to other people to handle, and you always know what’s happening in your business.