Have you ever known a visionary person who always seems to be caught up in the weeds, and thus their visions never come to pass or at best are delayed a lot longer than they need to be? Why is it that so many executives get caught in the weeds on a regular basis? You know what I am referring to, right? It is when an executive is doing things himself that he should have delegated to one of his managers or subordinates.
This is a big problem for a lot of folks that are in upper management. When you ask them why they are caught in the weeds, you get answers like:
- I like keeping on top of things to make sure they get done right.
- I don’t trust that it will be done in a proper timeframe if I don’t keep tabs on it.
- Sometimes if you want things done right, you have to do them yourself.
Those all sound good and may have good intentions, but the truth is that fear is the thing that keeps a person in the weeds. If they can’t trust that the job will get done by someone else, they will constantly find themselves bogged down and doing things that in the end are counter-productive to the organization.
Let me introduce you to the weed whacker. Every executive needs to understand the value of it and use it regularly. Here are the benefits of using the weed whacker:
- When you release yourself from fear, you release yourself and others to become productive.
- You will be able to concentrate on things you are being paid to do and not saddle yourself with someone else’s job. Why would you want to do a job that someone else is being paid to do? That does not make any sense, does it?
- You will find that by delegating to others you help them to have greater job satisfaction when they are empowered to make decisions on their own. Everyone wants to feel valued in their job, but how can they ever feel valued if you are micro-managing them?
- When you get out of the weeds you will find it a lot easier to soar. You can’t fly in the weeds. Getting bogged down in the daily grind will keep you from fulfilling your destiny and cause you great frustration along the way. You fly in the sky…not in the weeds.
- Failure is to be expected, so don’t have unrealistic expectations of those you delegate to. Give them guidelines and room to make decisions. You still hold them accountable and have the mechanism in place to make sure that their decisions are not fatal to the company or to you personally…..but trust them and let them manage. You lead…they manage.
You have to come to the point where you decide to let go of the reins and trust your team. If you can’t do that, you have two choices. You leave, or they leave. You can’t have a house divided. You all have to work together and trust one another or you simply can’t make it in the long run. Please do everyone a favor and use the weed whacker in your life. Clear your desk and clear your mind of those things which are not relevant to your job. Learn the power of delegation. Lose the fear and start trusting people. In doing so, you will find the road a lot less bumpy and a lot more rewarding for everyone.