I admit that delegation has never been my strong suit; its not that I don’t know how to delegate, its not that I don’t know how to manage people. It is a fundamental and flawed belief that I am the only one that can do it. Even if I am the only one that can complete a specific task, I have this paranoia that if I don’t do it, it won’t be done exactly like I want it to be done.
It is interesting that virtually every time that I have been in a delegation situation at a law firm, I have been disappointed. I am now realizing that it was not because the worker wasn’t any good, but because I typically would drop a major project at their desk and have them handle it without any real instruction or guidance.
The beauty of our system here is that all tasks are broken down into such small pieces that execution of those tasks becomes relatively simple. That means that great work product comes back to us, and it also means that delegation becomes something I can embrace.