“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t loose it.” ~ Robin Williams
If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money. –Abigail Van Buren
“One of the key skills I learned as a young businessman was the power of delegation. Along with my ability to listen to other people and realize when their suggestions are better than my own, this has helped me to attract and retain the excellent people on our team. If I set them challenges, keep encouraging them and create a dynamic environment, I find that people will always work hard.”
– Richard Branson (http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/217701#)
As a manager or entrepreneur, it’s important to develop many different skills – technical skills, organizational skills and people skills. However, the only way to ensure you are highly effective at your job is the ability to delegate and delegate well. Don’t feel like your colleagues can complete a task as good or as efficiently as you? As a manager or business owner, delegating may be the only thing stopping you from being a complete management failure.
Instead of delegating, do you come up with excuses not to delegate? Here are a few:
- You have too much going on to sit down and explain how to complete a task
- You don’t know how to delegate or don’t see the value in delegating
- You don’t trust your employees will get the job done right and on time
The best decision you could make today is to start delegating!
Your time is just as valuable as your employees time and handing off work to them so you can complete more important tasks is what makes you successful. Lessening your burden will make you more efficient, while allowing you to set higher goals and improve your performance.
Think about it…
If you make all the decisions and come up with all the new ideas, how will your employees ever feel like they should take the initiative themselves? Make them feel like they are part of the company and listen to their ideas, let them take the lead. You might find the insight from your employees motivates them to work harder since they feel like they are a part of the business’ success.
Whatever title you might have – Owner, Manager, Executive, CIO, CFO, President – the best thing you can do is start every work day delegating and encouraging your employees. You will only create an environment of trust with your employees willing to take on any project or task, no matter how big or small.
Giving your employees a feeling of empowerment will only strengthen their work ethic and make for a more successful business!
Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. –Joshua J. Marine
Forget about seminars, webinars or trade shows – we can learn the most from children! Let’s think back to our childhood when everything was simple; when every new experience was in one word…AMAZING!
We are born with all the tools necessary to live a successful and happy life, yet somewhere along our journey some of these tools are forgotten. Now, consider your present life as an adult. Most days are great and end without complaint. But then there are the days when nothing seems to go as planned and your whole day is consumed with negative thoughts.
Do you think a baby even knows what negative thoughts are? Seriously, I can’t imagine a baby thinking “I hate the noise of this rattle, it is so annoying.”. Their thought process is much simpler than that – they think in the present moment. There are many things we can learn from children if we could just stop for a moment and pay attention. Here are a few that come to mind:
1. Stay Curious
Ask questions! Kids are famous for asking questions! Who? What? Where? When? Why? At one time or another, you’ve heard any one of these most commonly asked questions by kids. Their brains crave new knowledge and information so they can continue on their journey to figure out life.
When you realize you’ve lost the urge to think creatively or question your purpose, your world quickly becomes just you inside a box – extremely boring. Kids are very passionate about life and nothing stops them from living in the present moment. Learning is always fun so why not incorporate this into your life every day. Don’t be afraid to stay curious – it will only enhance every situation in your life!
2. Keep An Open Mind
Be positive even when you feel like you can’t. Smile even if it hurts. Doing these things every time you feel down is certain to bring you back up. Adults tend to focus more on what we have learned allowing for a very limited view on life, also neglecting the possibilities that could empower us to achieve more.
A child’s brain on the other hand is open to new opportunities to learn new things and experience delight in the world. Tapping into this open-minded thinking is an easy way to improve your life in both a personal and business aspect.
3. Laugh – A LOT
Go ahead, make a funny face or noise and you are guaranteed to get a child to laugh. Do the same thing to your boss, and well, maybe not the same reaction. Kids are always looking for a reason to laugh and be happy. Just the thought of a baby giggling is sure to make anyone smile.
It would do us all some good to take away the schedules, deadlines and commitments and laugh a little more. The time you spend seeing the humor in life will only have a positive outcome for when you get back to work.
4. Never Quit
Try and try again. At any given time in a child’s life, they are working towards a milestone. Whether it is sitting up, crawling, walking or throwing a ball – these are huge accomplishments if you think about it. The persistence it takes is unimaginable.
So imagine a baby giving up on walking? Never gonna happen! They have it in their mind that they can accomplish anything – they have no doubt. Believe you can achieve greatness, because it all starts with YOU! Put in the effort and everything is sure to fall into place.
You see, children are certainly a valuable learning tool we can all use as adults. We just need to take the time to observe children in action and we will all learn some great life lessons.