One of the beautiful things about being a Marine was the rank structure. It clarified the division of labor in all settings.
Everyone knew their place on the totem pole. Each job carried with it certain duties based on your rank, not just your experience and skill set.
When it came time to getting the job done, everyone knew what they had to do, what was expected of them, and who they could order to do something they didn’t want to.
That last bit was tongue in cheek, and not, at the same time.
It came down to delegation
And today, I look to delegate authority and farm out tasks in any way possible for all that I do in a day, online and off.
You can’t do everything yourself and to try to do so is to invite disaster.
To be sure, you have no choice when you’re first starting out. You might not have a budget that allows for the presence of a team beneath you. But there are ways around that.
And once you do have a budget, you’ll really be underway.
In order for a large project to be completed, you have to know your place in the scheme of things. You’re the boss of your thing. There are tasks which only you can complete or complete well. To have another do them would be ludicrous or impossible.
On the other hand, you need to focus on purely what it is you do best within your organization, even if you are the organization for now.
You need to know when you should get the hell out of the way and let someone else do something for you
This can be an almost impossible scenario for an entrepreneur. We commonly do not trust anyone to do the job up to our standards or to hit the mark the way we would have in the same situation. Plus, this thing is our baby. It’s a territorial issue.
But you need to get over that. Whatever it is you’re best at is all you should be doing Someone else should be doing everything else that is not your strengths. This is your ticket to overwhelming success.
Unfortunately, this is not the way we’ve been trained to think. At least not in America. Our school system is the precursor to the employee system. We’re taught to be good at everything and to focus on bringing up our weak spots to the same level of performance as our strong spots.
That’s retarded in the purest sense of the word
The system is designed to retard progress. Seriously. Find out what you’re best at and get better at it. Find others to do the things you are not best at.
I’ll help you get your head around letting go of control. I’ll also reveal to you ways to get the help you need without paying for it, and where to get it when you can.
This way of doing business equates to good leadership. Like I said, even if the company is just you, you need to lead you well too!
The photographer of this post’s featured photo: Greyson Joralemon