How did you learn to delegate and what challenges have you had with it?
Bonnie Sussman-Versace started us off by talking about giving someone else the gift of doing the thing you really enjoy or that you feel you are really good at rather than seeing it as handing off grunt work. That opens the door to the mindset that delegating isn’t a horrible thing.
Dave Roberts went next and shared a story about a boss and mentor he had as an addictions counselor which highlighted that being able to delegate starts with creating a team around you who you trust and being willing to share leadership with them.
Gary Fredericks added that he was predisposed to delegating because he doesn’t like getting involved in the details. What he had to learn about delegation was the follow up. Delegation isn’t just handing something off to someone. You also have to give parameters and expectations and then make sure the task doesn’t get lost.
I followed up with the question – If I don’t believe someone will do a job well, is that me not trusting them or them not being trustable?
How did you learn to delegate. What part of it has been a struggle?
Connect with the panelists:
Dave Roberts: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-roberts-56690513/
Teacher, co-author of the book When the Psychology Professor Met the Minister and a bereavement support specialist
Bonnie Sussman-Versace: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bversace/
Re-imaginer at FOCUSED. Where she specializes in developing leaders, building positive and productive workplace cultures, and improving individual, team and enterprise-wide performance
Gary Fredericks: https://www.linkedin.com/in/garyfredericks/
CEO of On Point Partners where they provide back-office services for small businesses
Dr Robyn Odegaard: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robynodegaard/
AKA Mental MacGyver. My doctorate is in organizational business psychology with a concentration in sport and performance. I provide luxury level, high performance support and coaching to executives, founders, celebrities and athletes.
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