Have you ever thought: If I could spend half as much time on half as many things, I would be twice as effective”? Like many of the entrepreneurial leaders we work with, the endless wheel-spinning of urgent but lower-value work distracts and disrupts their ability to focus on their single most valuable contribution to the company. The “I’m just too busy to grow” mindset and feeling of being surrounded by business clutter holds us back from making our ultimate contribution to the world . As leaders, we all have great intentions around our impact and time. There are many adjustments that we can make in our business and our behavior to move out of a reactive space and into proactive growth.
The definition of a good Buffer Day is a day focused in preparation for upcoming Focus Days. True “Buffer” Days are meant to be spent on delegations, putting out fires and working on the business so that when Focus Days come, we have the capabilities in place to truly focus. Without careful planning though, every day can quickly become a Buffer Day, ever creeping into our focus time.
Growth takes a backseat because the majority of time is spent cleaning up urgent messes rather than focusing generating new revenue. A friend of mine refers to this place in business as “Marshmallowland;” a place where time stands still and we operate in a chronic state of trying to move forward, but stuck in a sticky, grabby mess that keeps us immobilized and bouncing around endlessly in our business.
The ability to (1) dream up, (2) create and (3) execute new ideas is the calling of all entrepreneurial leaders. A healthy business operates and grows when the 3 legs of the tripod are in balance. As visionaries, we naturally and bravely bring the ideation, but typically struggle with the other legs: creating a plan for our ideas and committing to a plan fully to execute them. When the three are out of balance, a chronic start-stop dynamic grows between you and your team, and if not managed correctly can lead to team-wide burnout and a total lack of productivity and feelings of progress.
Delegation 101 for Entrepreneurs
Happy Friday! Phew, I don't know about you, but busy is the new black! I liken rmy last ten years unning an entrepreneurial company to riding a freight train. Each day is powerful and nearly barrels me over as it passes. But, I wouldn't have it any other way, because I believe in power of our work. Every day, I am thankful for my team, thankful for their contribution, support, ideas, execution.. all of it. With their help, I am able to create much more impact than I could ever make alone.
5 Tips to Improve your Hiring Process
Many of the entrepreneurs we work with find themselves in need of a myriad of additional support services to move their business forward. From data entry to graphics and website development we often find ourselves able to help our clients by assisting in the process of onboarding contract labor. Below is a list of 5 tips to help entrepreneurs with contract labor along with some easy delegations you can make along the way.
Overcoming Delegation Hesitation
Using an assistant team of any type is generally a cause of anxiety for many, at least at the beginning. Most entrepreneurs recognize the need for a” behind the scenes” team, but are hesitant to use them to their full abilities. After all, you wouldn’t be where you are if you hadn’t put in the hard work and long hours.
It is challenging to then hand over tasks that are out of your viewpoint and trust they are completed to your satisfaction. But that is precisely the goal of delegation! Building the trust takes time and effort on both sides, but a successful relationship cannot exist without it. You don’t have to be a one-man army, effective delegation can increase productivity and stop you from overtaxing yourself.
Making the commitment to engage support is the first step towards the continued growth of your company. Now that you’ve made that choice, the next step is to identify the best support resource for your specific needs. There are many factors to consider before selecting your support team resource. The good news is there’s plenty of options!
We believe at Delegate that the power of one is expanded by the strengths of many. Our mission is to help you do more of what you love to have an even stronger impact on the world.
Best Practices for Working with Remote Support Teams