My Objection to Perfection

Купить Твёрдый Змеиногорск It was fairly late to get a call from the president of an organization for which I was a volunteer. see url Something was really wrong, and needed attention for our early morning meeting the next day.

“Can you come early tomorrow?” he said. “We need someone to set up the portable sound system for our presenter.”

“Sure! I’ll take care of it,” I said.

“But someone said it’s best if we face the speakers toward the wall so the sound bounces around better.”

“Hey, don’t worry. I’ll take care of the sound system.”

“But I’d like you to be there about 45 minutes early to make sure our presenter can try it out.”

“Dan, she’s an international speaker and surely knows how to clip on a microphone. Please don’t worry. As I said, I’ll take care of it all.”

“But the previous speaker used his own over-the-ear microphone. Ours is a lapel clip-on.”

“Dan, I’ve set up this system numerous times. All we need to do is turn on the system and the microphone, same as every time.”

“Okay. But can you be there early just to make sure?”

[long, disheartened sigh] “Yes. I will be there early.”

“Okay. Good night. I knew I could count on you.”

What he meant was, “Thanks for doing it my way.”

Some people, for their own reasons, have trouble delegating. Sometimes it’s because they are control freaks, or they don’t trust their employees. Sometimes it’s because they think no one can do it better than they. For some it’s because they believe there’s only one way to do something, and can’t let that idea go.

If you have trouble delegating, here’s the point of this article:

GET OVER IT! You’re holding yourself – and your organization – back.

Ask yourself why you’re being so, well… anal(ytical). If you can’t delegate, you might as well give up making substantive progress.

купить Шмаль Назарово You have a choice: either go through life having everything done exactly the way you want and getting little done, or get loads of things done by having others do things nearly as well as – or even better than – you can. Imagine delegating to 5 people who do things only 80% as well as you. You’d get 400% more done with no more effort. Pretty slick, huh?

As a leader, your job is to make significant progress. Utilize the power of the people around you and let go of the “reigns.”

You x 5 = Real Progress.

Don’t hold yourself back by making everything “perfect.” Here’s how:

  1. Hand off authority to those around you
  2. Give them room to grow and learn
  3. Purposefully inspire them
  4. Check their final work, but don’t get too critical
  5. Hand off more authority
  6. Repeat

Progress, not perfection, is your job. And the perfect way to make progress is to delegate.


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One Response to My Objection to Perfection

  1. Marilyn Brown says:

    Thanks for this Jeff. It is so true. I love your outlook on life and your business savy.

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