Why Is Delegating So Hard? – Podcast Episode 28

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Episode Description

For this edition of the Memory Makers Podcast, hosts Russ Van Natta and Danny Gruening answer the question: Why is delegating so hard? From the pitfalls of wanting to control everything to the fear of failure, they discuss common challenges faced by leaders and managers.

Russ and Danny talk through real-life example of delegation in action, using a simple four-step framework: “Watch me do it. We do it. I watch you do it. You do it.” Learn how this framework can empower your team, enhance efficiency, and lead to growth.

Key Takeaways

  1. Overcoming the “No One Can Do It as Well as I Can” Belief: Leaders often grapple with the belief that no one else can perform tasks as well as they can. The key takeaway is to recognize that perfection is the enemy of execution. If someone can do a task 80% as well as you, it’s a signal to delegate and allow them to refine their skills over time.
  2. Letting Go of Control for Sustainable Growth: It is important to be okay giving up control. Leaders sometimes try to manage everything, leading to burnout and demoralization within the team. Delegating tasks effectively involves trusting your team, empowering them, and avoiding unsustainable workloads.
  3. Conquering the Fear of Delegation: Fear, particularly the fear of failure, is a significant barrier to delegation. Often, fear is the root cause of struggling to delegate. Leaders should recognize that mistakes are part of the learning process, and by allowing team members to stumble, they enable growth for both the individual and the team.
  4. Four-Step Delegation Framework: The podcast introduces a simple four-step delegation framework: “Watch me do it. We do it. I watch you do it. You do it.” This practical approach helps leaders guide their teams through the delegation process, fostering collaboration, skill development, and successful task completion.

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