Help Me (18)
The Art of Delegation
by Charmaine Hunte
A wise sage observed a young person trying to move a huge rock. After several failed attempts the wise sage offered some words of encouragement. “I know that you can do it, you’re so strong.”
The discouraged young person then said “I have been trying for hours and I still can’t move this rock. I don’t feel very strong right now. I feel like I have failed and I don’t want to try anymore.”
The wise sage continued “Keep going I know you’ll find the way. Frustration quickly grew to anger and resentment, the young person thought to himself I don’t need words I need help.
Sensing the resentful emotion the wise sage answered “Sometimes are greatest strength is in our ability to ask others for help when we need it. We don’t always have to lift the rocks alone.”
- A challenging task at the office
- Dishes, Laundry, Cleaning and the many other tasks that pile up around the house
- Detailing your car
- Your taxes
Do you need help with your rocks?
Then maybe now is the time for you to start asking for help. We all have strengths and weakness, to be more efficient with your time focus on what you do best and delegate the rest. Keep in mind that it may be in your best interest to become stronger in some of your weak areas but you don’t have to develop ALL of your weaknesses. Repeat after me . . .
I am not perfect, I will never be.
I can focus on what I do best and find somebody to do the rest.
To acknowledge your abilities is very liberating and allows you the time to focus on the areas you excel in. Instead of putting off the rocks that you can’t deal with right now, delegate them to someone else.
Delegation How To
- Decide the outcome you want – What is the rock that you need help with? Make a decision about what, how and when a task needs to be completed.
- Find someone to do the task – Save yourself a lot of time and make sure that you find someone that is capable and responsible enough to do the task.
- Give clear instructions – This step will also save you a lot of time as well. The more details that you can provide about how you want things done, the less you will be disappointed in the end.
- Follow up – Set up ahead of time a schedule for follow up as applicable. The bigger the tasks, then more follow ups are required. Be available for questions and clarification and let the person know you are available.
- Celebrate – You now have time to concentrate on your areas of strength or develop new ones if you choose.
“It’s not the load that breaks you down – it’s the way you carry it.” Lou Holtz
Next Cacia Chronicle: May 5, 2008