Chris Croft reveals the five top objections to delegation and why they are all false. He talks about the cabling company boss with the allegedly 'useless' team, and what happens when the boss is forced to be away for a whole year. The idea of having a pretend motorbike crash. The additional benefits of delegating.
- If a manager tells me they have a problem…with not enough time, the first thing I'd look…at is whether they delegate enough.…I think it's one of the most important…management skills, it's where the biggest…and easiest time gains can be found,…and yet most bosses don't delegate enough.…Why is this?…Well I think there are five main reasons…and all of them are false.…The five reasons are: my people are too busy,…I can do it better than them, it's fun and I like…doing it myself, it takes too long to explain it,…and fear of it going wrong.…
I think we know that none of these are true…but let's have a quick look at each of them.…Number one, my people are too busy.…Well they aren't going to be sitting around doing…nothing when you, the boss, are around, are they?…And anyway, the work will always expand to fill…the time available.…They'll either do it better than it needs…to be done, or they will become less efficient…until the work has filled the day.…Number two is, I can do it better than them.…
And yes, in your mind your way will always be…
The first—saying no—is simple in theory, but hard in practice. Chris explains how to reclaim the power of "no" to make room for true priority items. The second step, negotiation, allows you to spend less time on unimportant tasks. The third way is to delegate sometimes, and the fourth is improving systems and processes so that repetitive tasks are quickly and easily managed. Last but not least, Chris explains how to overcome perfectionism and nitpicking. He explains how to apply the five methods to all time-stealers, including meetings, interruptions, and more.
In the initial chapters, he'll help you clarify your life and work goals, prioritize to-dos using Eisenhower's matrix of tasks, and answers questions like "Does working longer hours actually get more done?" The worksheets included with the exercise files will help you apply the lessons to your own work and life, and hone your time management skills—one step at a time.
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- Making the most of every day
- Separating important from urgent items
- Using Eisenhower's matrix of tasks
- Finding more time for important things
- Saying no
- Negotiating tasks
- Delegating to save time
- Improving your systems
- Letting go of perfectionism