Delegation only works when you employ people who understand your vision & when you take time to show them your dream.
“If you don’t know where you are going you will never get there”
Being a successful entrepreneur is all about having a vision for your business. Entrepreneurs don’t live for now, they live for what’s next. We are driven by a desire to face new challenges and to conquer new markets, and that drive is a fantastic thing. It’s the same drive that invented the iPhone and it’s the same drive that will put electric cars on our roads. The only problem is, the entrepreneur is a rare breed, and finding employees that share that drive and vision is a constant challenge.
`Delegation is one of the hardest things that I have found in business to do. When you delegate it doesn’t mean you let go and close your eyes. You need to take time to make your team around you see how you would do things and then allow them to bring their execution ideas to it.
Why are entrepreneurs different?
If you’re an entrepreneur, most people aren’t like you. While you’re thinking about where your business will be in 5 years’ time, they’re thinking about their next deadline, office politics, and what they’re having for dinner. It can make delegating work a painstaking business. No one takes your business as seriously as you do, and no one believes your vision is attainable. It’s no surprise then that entrepreneurs can’t find the right staff. But the reality is this – When it comes to believing in your vision, the right staff don’t exist.
Finding staff who understand your vision
There is no one walking around out there who already believes your business is the next big thing, and there is no one who is going to whole-heartedly believe in every idea you have from the get go. If you want staff members who understand your vision, and staff members you can confidently delegate to, you’re going to have to make them yourself.
You have to talk to your staff. You have to give them the vision, paint the picture and the road to get there. If you want people to believe, you have to be a walking embodiment of your business’s potential. You must be the ultimate ambassador for your vision. That means more than letting people know every time you have a great idea. It means having a definable vision of where you want your business to go, sticking to that vision, and being a constant reminder of the direction you are leading your company in. You do this through positive action and fantastic staff management.
At first, you may be met with the same old scepticism. However, as time goes on and you reach the first milestone for your business, and then you pass a couple more, your staff will start to see your vision was possible all along.
It is at that point you will have staff you can delegate to, who believe in your vision, and who believe in you. And what’s more, you’ll believe in them too.