When you start working for yourself and create a business around your passion and your reason why, more often than not you develop a belief that no one else will be able to do the stuff you do in your business. No one would be able to see the vision and the brand as you see it, and develop the business how you envision it to be…
The thing is, whilst it’s partially true, in reality, that’s your ego speaking.
When it comes to delegating work, and building a team, letting go of the stuff that we believe only we can do can be incredibly hard. Watching someone else pick up where we left off and run with it, adding to the business in their own unique way tugs at our heart strings sometimes, and it can be a struggle to let go and move forward, but if you want to build your business, and grow it to a new level, then that is exactly what you have to do. You have to create the space to grow.
No business is an island, and we all need support and space to grow. Sometimes, you have to just trust in the process, and trust that the right people will step into themselves in your absence and do the right job right.
Allowing your team to support the business, to live and breathe the brand, to take real responsibility for the parts of the business they are there for without interference can be a really hard, but necessary, thing. I often see this with clients. There is a distinct difference in the ones I spend time with that are ready to move on to the next stage in their business, and the ones that aren’t yet totally ready.
The trick is learning to let go…
Of course, letting go is not to be confused with abdicating! You can delegate tasks in your business, but generally it’s more effective to delegate areas with outcomes, so that the team member has the responsibility for the outcome, and they still have an element of control and a desire to get the right result. Overseeing , checking in, and measuring performance is essential, but controlling minute detail isn’t.
So, what do you need to let go of in order to create the space to grow?