A word I hear all the time.
Delegate. v. entrust (a task or responsibility) to another person, typically one who is less senior than oneself. – Google definition
The feeling out letting go fills me with fear, I want to do everything myself. That way I know it will get done and (possibly) get done to the standard I expect. Results show that, in the end, nothing gets done and it would have been better to relinquish a little control.
Both for productivity and my own health, yet the martyr in me looks at delegate as a dirty word who’s meaning I don’t understand.
Delegate. v. relinquish control or become disappointed when not done – Geek Ergo Sum definition
I am a bit of a control freak. It’s why I would love to be a teacher but would not be a very good one, I fail to understand why someone just can’t do it like I say. I’m the player-manager of a sports team, the actor-director, I want to have an impact in every aspect. If I could I would be a one man show and not have to worry about anyone else.
Yet I am not enough of a control freak that let’s me take control of others, I don’t like chasing up people to get work done. If I have asked then why haven’t they done it, and done it at the time I didn’t specify in the first place. They should know my expectations without me having to instruct.
Giving instructions takes time, and time where I may as well just get on with the task at hand. Yes I could show you what to do in the future, and this will give a good return on investment, but then I’ll be asked if it’s being done right and this takes more time. Maybe the task I have delegated will be relegated on their task list so in the end I have to do it anyway.
Entrusting someone else is hard to do, and if I expect the worst then I’m not to be disappointed. So I prepare to fail, by failing to prepare another person to help. If there is a job to do then I’ll follow the advice of Nike Inc. I’m not a nagger so won’t keep pushing for an assistant to complete a task, I’ll take it off their hands and do it myself.
The only problem is that I am not a finisher, all the random work-psych tests I’ve done show me to be a starter, or dreamer. I fail to complete so when I don’t delegate I just create more problems for myself.
I should print out the proper definition and stick it to my screen, I should look at every task I do and think “can someone help me” or “would it be better for another person to do this”. Maybe my first step should be entrusting another to do this for me.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Take It From Me.”
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve given someone that you failed to take yourself?