39: How to Be An Awesome Delegator – Part 1

Friday, August 15th, 2014 in Podcast Episodes with 0 Comments

passing the baton

Are you a great delegator, or do you tend to run the whole race yourself?

Are you a great delegator, or do you tend to run the whole race yourself?

This podcast is based on my book “Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make,” specifically Chapter 6: Dirty Delegation, Refusing to Relax and Let Go.”

The important concepts to take from this chapter:

  • Overmanaging is one of the great cardinal sins of poor leadership.
  • Nothing frustrates those who work for you more than sloppy delegation with too many strings attached.
  • Delegation should match each worker’s follow-through ability.

A perfect example of “Dirty Delegation” comes from my own career. I asked my Communications Director Ted to put together a print ad campaign for our ministry. At the same time I met with a brand consultant, who said that print ads were their specialty. After Ted and his team did weeks of research and work developing a campaign, I had to tell him that we were going with the concept of the consultant. I never bothered to tell him he was competing, I just gave him the project, then took it right back from him. You can only imagine how Ted felt.

“I’d rather get ten men to do the job than to do the job of ten men.” —D. L. Moody

Why Leaders
Don’t Delegate

These are the top 7 reasons why leaders don’t delegate, which I explain in detail in the episode:

  • Fear of losing authority
  • Fear of work being done poorly
  • Fear of work being done better
  • Unwillingness to take the necessary time
  • Fear of depending on others
  • Lack of leadership training and positive delegation experience
  • Fear of losing value in the organization

Every leader has at least some of these hang ups. Growing and learning how to get past them is essential for improving your delegation, which is a key to growing as a leader.

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” —Theodore Roosevelt

Sign on Reagan's Desk

Sign on Ronald Reagan’s desk in the Oval Office, who was as much the Great Delegator as he was the Great Communicator

I have so much on delegation that I am going to make this part 1 of 2. Please send me your delegation comments and questions, as I am working on an episode that includes answers to your questions. I always enjoy getting your feedback and interacting with listeners and readers!

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38: Paperwork versus Peoplework

Friday, August 1st, 2014 in Podcast Episodes with 0 Comments

As leaders we ned to grow to embrace people over paper

As leaders we ned to grow to embrace people over paper

Are you “people oriented” or “task oriented”? This week I am going to address this topic as it appears in my book “The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make.”

We all fight the battle of paperwork, especially today with all the different ways that people can reachus via phone, text, E-mail, instant message, and more, and all right on our smart phones that are with us wherever we go. The problem is that leadership is about “people work”which I am going to address from Chapter 2 of my book. Read More…

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37: Building Consensus From the Inside Out

Friday, July 18th, 2014 in Podcast Episodes with 0 Comments

Arms of business partners keeping their hands on top of each oth

To create change you must first get your most important people on board, then move out from there.

This is the second in a series on how to lead change effectively. If you have not listened to the first in this series that is okay because these episodes stand on their own as individual lessons that build on the theme of orchestrating change.

Without Consensus, change is Dead on Arrival

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36: Women in Leadership: Kathrine Lee Interview Part 2

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 in Podcast Episodes with 0 Comments

This week is part 2 of my interview with Kathrine Lee

This week is part 2 of my interview with Kathrine Lee

A Guest Blog with Kathrine Lee, The Ultimate Source

Women in leadership. I am asked about this topic quite a bit. I am not writing this from a political perspective, a position of hierarchy, and certainly not from a religious one. I am simply responding from my experience, my respect for men and love of women.

To discuss this topic, we first have to ask a question, “What is a leader?” The definition includes words & phrases like: a person who guides or directs a group; authoritativeness, influence, command, effectiveness; sway, clout; one who goes before or with to show the way; to guide in direction, course, action or opinion. Read More…

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35: Women in Leadership: Kathrine Lee Interview Part 1

Friday, June 27th, 2014 in Podcast Episodes with 2 Comments

Part 1 of my interview with Kathrine Lee

Part 1 of my interview with Kathrine Lee

A Guest Blog with Kathrine Lee, The Ultimate Source

A few years ago when Oprah launched her new network, OWN, she ran a contest for anyone whose dream was to have their own TV show. The grand prize was a contract with her network. Because I had the privilege of being on her show a couple of times, I was encouraged to audition. Read More…

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