Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day?
Chances are, you don’t. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths.
To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in the 2001 management book Now, Discover Your Strengths. The book spent more than five years on the bestseller lists and ignited a global conversation, while StrengthsFinder helped millions to discover their top five talents.
In StrengthsFinder 2.0 Gallup unveiled the new and improved version of its popular assessment, language of 34 themes, and much more. While you can read this book in one sitting, you’ll use it as a reference for decades.
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OK, time for a reality check. Yes, the world will spin without you doing all the work. Athough it may be unpleasant to think of it, the job may actually get done better, because it was done differently than you would have.
Still not convinced that it would just be easier to just do it yourself than go to all the trouble of training someone else to do it? Look at it this way: If a magic workplace fairy said you could have an extra 20 minutes a day or even an hour a day to do anything you wanted, would you turn it down?
So what’s a little time spent training someone else? In the long run, it will be well worth it. So now that you’re convinced you can loosen the reins a bit, here are some tips to get you started on the road to delegation:
Remember that just because someone does a job differently than you does not mean it is wrong, it’s just different. Keep your mind open to new ideas and you’ll find delegation provides you some growing opportunities as well.