The Dangers of Doing Everything Yourself

How You Probably Feel

Many entrepreneurs and small business owners feel that they have to do everything themselves.  They often feel that they are the only ones who know exactly how to get a task done.  It’s easy to see how they come to believe this.  After all, they are the ones that live and breathe their business.  Most employees can leave business at work, but not the entrepreneur or small business owner.  They take their business with them everywhere they go.  They can never quite get it out of their minds, because they love the process of running a business.  However, failing to delegate to employees is a dangerous pitfall of running a business.

Consequences of Not Delegating 

Business professionals that fail to delegate responsibility will quickly feel an abundance of negative consequences impact their business.  Joe Watkins composed a list of obvious consequences of not delegating, which is worth looking at.  

  • Increased workload, stress and frustration for the manager.
  • The manager doesn’t do their job properly because they are also doing someone else’s job.
  • The manager becomes a bottleneck.
  • Staff who are micromanaged continue to underperform or they leave.

Watkins also composed a list of consequences that are not obvious, which may also be worth looking at if delegating is not happening in your business.

  • Organizational structure is in place for a reason.  If delegation isn’t happening, the intent of the organizations structure fails.  It’s the same thing as being on the Olympic athletics relay team and continuing to hold onto the baton after passing it onto the next runner.  
  • Employees get the message that you don’t trust them and they are not competent to do their job.  That will affect employee engagement, productivity, and staff turnover. 
  • Employees will become less accountable.  They will wait to be told exactly what to do instead of working it out themselves and learning to be better in the process. 

Determining When to Do the Job Yourself

A good way to ensure that you’re focusing on the right task is to ask a simple question, “Is this a task that only I can do?”  The key here is to be completely honest with yourself when answering this question.  The perfectionist finds it very easy to rationalize being the only individual capable of performing a task.  It will take honesty with yourself to determine if a task should be delegated or not.  

Nobody Has Ever Actually Done Anything Alone 

It’s important to understand that anybody who ever accomplished a task worthwhile had the help of someone else.  Perhaps it was the parents or guardians that instilled a sense of work ethic in the individual.  Or maybe it was friends, mentors, educators, or other individuals that voiced their support to that individual.  The reality is that an interdependent attitude will allow for great achievements to be made.  

It can be a difficult thing to step back and allow someone else to leave their fingerprint on your business, but different perspectives are a powerful tool in business. Diversity in the workplace is being praised like never before. Diversity is typically thought of in regard to sex and race, and that’s certainly an important aspect of it, but it also includes different opinions and perspectives in business. Allow your employees to do the jobs they were hired to do. That might be difficult at first, but your employees will learn and grow from the experiences they have. You will finally be able to spend your time in more vital areas of your business that you’ve been meaning to tend to.

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