7 Reasons Why Managers Don’t Like To Delegate

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You cannot do everything. You need to delegate responsibility to other capable people working for and with you. Great leaders know how to use delegation of responsibility to get things done in their organizations. Delegating tasks to other people working for and with you gives you time to think, reflect, and plan.

When you delegate responsibility to others, you have given them the opportunity to grow, to think, to reflect, to stretch, to make decisions, to take risks, to explore, and to be a part of something bigger than them. But when you fail to delegate responsibility to others, you have widen the distance between you and your employees.

Whether you are a manager or not, delegate responsibility to others working or living with you. Don’t abandon them with the project, always check up on them to see how they are doing. Don’t assume they are doing well, go and see it yourself.

“When you delegate responsibility to others, you have given them the opportunity to grow, to think, to reflect, to stretch, to make decisions, to take risks, to explore, and to be a part of something bigger than them.”

Here are seven reasons why managers don’t like to delegate responsibility to others:

  1. They think their people are not qualified to do the job
  2. They can do it
  3. They don’t want to look stupid in front of their boss
  4. They want to protect themselves
  5. They want to show their boss that they are ready for the next level
  6. They are insecure
  7. Their people can do it, but they don’t want to

Delegating responsibility to others allows you to focus on more important things in the organization or in your department.

Which Is More Important: Knowing or Doing?

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Which is more important: knowing or doing? Are they separable or inseparable?

Knowledge without action means nothing. People are interested in actions, not in empty words. Jason Fred said, “What you do is what matters, not what you say or plan.”

 Doing represents action, and it is action that brings results. But you cannot do without first knowing how to do it. Knowing is nothing if you cannot use it to improve your life.

Knowing prepares you to take action. Doing is actually taking action to change your life. Knowledge is pointless without application. Without knowledge, doing is not possible. Without doing, knowledge is useless. If you want your knowledge to have value, find a way to apply it. If not, it is pointless.

You need both. They are inseparable.

Responsibility: What Does It Mean To You?

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There is power in taking personal responsibility. There is power in holding yourself accountable for your successes and failures.

What does responsibility mean to you?

Does it mean holding yourself accountable? Or,

Does it mean blaming other people for your failures?

To me, it means response-able, meaning I am able to respond positively to what life has in store for me.

Taking responsibility means holding yourself 100% accountable for your actions, feelings, and thoughts. It means the ability to create your own circumstances, to create the life you want for yourself.

Losers blame others for their lives. They fail to take 100% responsibility for their lives. They fail to create the life they want for themselves. Instead, they blame others for their situations. The teacher, the economy, the spouse, the professors, the manager, the boss, or the neighbor. You can blame these people all you like. One thing is clear: they are not responsible for your situation. You are responsible.

Winners take full responsibility for their lives. They don’t blame anyone for their failures. They take action. They take responsibility for their lives. They control their lives. They create the life they want to live. They take full control of their lives- including failures and successes. They don’t give their power away to conditions. They know that taking responsibility and power walk together. Josiah Gilbert Holland said, “Responsibility walks hand in hand with capacity and power.”

How to take responsibility.

  • Please, please, please, stop blaming people for your failures. Blaming others stops you from changing your attitude. It stops you from learning how to change your situation. Stop.
  • Stop complaining. You are not a complainer; you are a winner. Think like a winner, not like a complainer. The more you complain, the more positive things will work away from you. No one wants to be around a complainer.
  • Enjoy life. Embrace life. Celebrate life. There is no room for negative emotions. I know negative emotions are part of who we are. They are here to stay. The only solution to manage negative emotions is to recognize it/them. Be a positive person. Surround yourself with positive people, and they will bring light into your life.
  • Create no room for excuses. If you really want to take responsibility for your life, you should create no room for lousy excuses. If it happens, you are the creator, not your former teacher, or your former boss.
  • Take action. I love this! My friend, as you read this, start to think how you are going to put everything to practice. Because without practice, nothing will stick with you.
  • Accept yourself. Accept yourself for who you are, not who others want you to be. You can’t be anyone, but yourself.

If you want to live a better life, take 100% responsibility for your life.

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What Is Required Of You Is Not Enough

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What is required of you will get you an average result. It will not guarantee you success. If you want to reach the top of your career, you need more than what is required of you- basic requirements. You need to go the extra mile in preparing yourself for future opportunities.

As William Jennings Bryan famously said, “Destiny is not a chance but a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

To grow in your career, don’t wait for it to happen to you by accident. It is your choice. It is yours only. Pope John Paul 11 said, “The future starts today, not tomorrow.”

If you don’t prepare tomorrow today, you will not have tomorrow. Act now, not tomorrow!