#257: To Trigger Failure, Delegate What You Dislike

What part of your job do you dislike? And what part do you delegate? How much overlap is there between what you dislike and what you delegate?

I once consulted to a CEO newly appointed to manage a turnaround. We had to be careful about what we could delegate and what we had to do ourselves. Unavoidably, several people had to go. The CEO would not delegate this task. He disliked doing it, which is why he would ask no one else to do it.

Yes, there are parts of your job that you dislike. But often these are the pieces you should not delegate because:

  • they matter to your role;
  • they determine your success; or because
  • others know it is cowardly to delegate that which you dislike doing.

Collective success is more likely if you have the discipline to delegate, not what you dislike, but what others can do better than you.

Welcome to my side of the nonsense divide.