Good morning and Happy Monday!
I’m Monica Wofford and this is your Monday Moment.
Overthinking is a barrier to delegation and not just for leaders.
In our previous episode, Monday Moment Episode 531 (Here’s the video ICYMI.), overthinking was our topic and
as you worked through the questions provided, one area you may have found this tendency to impact, is deciding which task to hand off or share, otherwise known as delegation. When in fact, one ADDITIONAL way to STOP overthinking IS to delegate decisions with which you struggle. If, as a leader, making decisions, for example, about who gets their time off requests approved and who doesn’t, sends you into a tizzy, or sharing direction with a team member who needs far more micromanagement than you can muster, then find someone with less emotional investment or a different skill set to assist.
The person to whom you delegate, in this or many other areas, will likely experience the benefits of:
- Learning something new
- Doing his or her boss a favor
- Getting the results to everyone’s paid time off requests completed even faster or bringing that person up to speed who needed direction, as if by magic.
And “So what” if you’re not the sole leader in control of all of such activities.
Hmmm, hold on. Is control the real issue? If so, that’s a later episode.
First, find that person, that logical, not emotionally invested person, then let’s talk about that control freaks anonymous membership in the future. With that option accomplished, your overthinking will likely slow down and your stress level should also go down. Woohoo! That’s a win for all parties!
I’m Monica Wofford and that’s your Monday Moment.
See you next week for more talk on Leadership.