I’m A Hopeless Delegator

Delegation and Cleaning

Too often I hear this when I talk to – often the most successful – entrepreneurs and executives. ‘I’m a control freak’ or ‘I’m a perfectionist’, or ‘I can’t bear to let go’, or ‘It’s just too complicated to hand over to anyone downloadelse’, usually all of this is accompanied by sheepish looks and statements along the lines of I’m really bad at delegating and I’ve no idea how to get any better at it when… (insert any of the lines above)

Then the truth comes out.

They are actually BRILLIANT at delegating some aspect of their workload be it business or personal.

Across the board they usually have a cleaner to help at home, I know this doesn’t sound like much but the best delegation starts small and employing a cleaner is a great example and proof positive that anyone can become a great delegator.

Because let’s face it, once you’ve had a cleaner, unless you suddenly can’t afford it or you spend a little time in between cleaners, you rarely go back to doing without. And having a cleaner is a great example that illustrates delegation in its best light.

  1. You want to get rid of this task list (all aspects of cleaning)
  2. You know that it will take time to find the right person
  3. You know that you will have to take time to show them what is required and the standards you expect
  4. You know that you will have to agree with them the timescales, frequency and rate of pay required
  5. You know [controversial] that it is unlikely that they will do as good a job as you would (you’d clean the underside of the taps for example, or dust the tops of the picture frames) but the fact is that you’ll be happy/accepting of this anyway because it’s saved you so much time otherwise

Think about how it makes you feel, for me GREAT to come home on a Friday and everything’s fresh and clean. Now think about the next easiest thing you could delegate

…and get on with it!

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Written by Gail

Gail, our founder, set up Virtual PA Co in 2001. These days she spends time helping some of our customers with more complex and often financial issues on an advisory basis.
October 4, 2013
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