Whether you’ve recently started a business or run an already established company, the start of a new year is the perfect time to reflect upon the past twelve months and begin making resolutions to better yourself professionally. The next few posts will focus on some of my favorite professional new year’s resolutions.
Delegate . . . so you don’t suffocate.
This past year, did you feel at all overwhelmed? A certain level of stress is expected for men and women in charge of their own companies but upon further reflection, would you say that you were overwhelmed for the better part of the year? So much so that you actually did not look forward to going in to work? Well, the issue likely lies in the fact that you’re probably taking on a bit too much responsibility.
The solution? Delegate . . . so you don’t suffocate.
If you want to be a more effective leader, it is important that you are able to teach those around you not to only do the things that you do, but how to do them well. Start off with the people that have been with the company the longest as they’ll know the ins and outs of the business the best. If you are hiring someone new to your company, take them under your wing and show them the tricks of the trade and how best to succeed in your business.
One very important note — don’t assume that these individuals know how to do the things you want them to do. If you want something done in a specific way, show them; explain it in detail and have them demonstrate a level of understanding. Leave as little room for error on your part as possible. This will make for a smooth transition of responsibility and also help alleviate some of the stress you‘ll feel when making the transition.
Next week . . . Effectively promote your business.