Blinds.com CEO Adds To My Rules for More Effective Delegation

My third most popular and viewed blog post, and the most popular that doesn’t have a reference to any contemporary news item, is on the topic of “delegation.”

So, it was with great interest that I followed a link to a blog post written by Jay Steinfeld, founder and CEO of Blinds.com. (Blinds.com is the industry leader in online window covering sales, representing more than 50% of window treatments sold online with more than $80 million in sales annually. Steinfeld has been selling window coverings online since 1993 and sold his chain of retail store outlets to go full-time online in 2001.)

Here is Jay’s guest blog post which both supports and adds to my post on the topic of delegation. post on the topic of delegation. Enjoy!



A few years ago, my son Alec, who was fifteen at the time, asked me what I do at work. I told him as CEO of Blinds.com, I set the company’s strategy, help make people the best they can be, and ensure we execute according to plan. With a puzzled look, Alec responded, “So, you don’t really do any actual work.”

 

I assured him that the work I was doing was, ahem, critical to the success of the business. But in a way, Alec was picking up on something important: I’ve gotten to a point where I can work on my business instead of in it.

A lot of leaders can’t get to this point because they either don’t know how to or they’re afraid of delegating. Maybe they think it will take too long to train someone effectively, or if they delegate too much, they’ll have nothing left to do. And often the more competent they are, the harder it is to delegate. They’re afraid the work won’t get done at all, or more likely, it won’t be done according to their high standards. It’s difficult to give up control, especially when you won’t tolerate anything less than the perfectionism and high-level performance you expect of yourself.

Trust me, I know because I used to be one of these control freaks. But I reformed and I learned that I couldn’t do everything myself. The only way your career – and your business – will grow is by assuming increasingly higher levels of responsibility; the only way you’ll have time to do that, without spending your life at work, is to delegate. You have to work on your business and let everyone else work in it.

Want to free up some time and get ahead? Here are five ways to start delegating:

To read the rest visit BNET at this link.

If you’d like help with improving your delegation skills and breaking through the mindset barriers that prevent you from delegating more a good place to start is with my End Procrastination NOW! System. Because once you know the tricks and rules for delegating from me and Jay, the reason you are not is FEAR. And, FEAR is at the heart of your delegation procrastination.

Just a thought?

’til next time, make it a great week!

skip weisman, helping leaders motivate employees to improve organizational performance