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Are you doing too much?

 

20160102_153221000_iOSIf the above apply to you, then you are not alone, a lot of people fall into this trap for all kinds of reasons.  taking responsibility for your team’s work is part of your job, but that doesn’t mean you have to do everything yourself.  You need to leave some responsibility to other people, and to respect their judgement.

Allocating or delegating tasks tasks to team memebers can help – but you must be prepared to trust them.  You may also take on jobs that you know you can do because it’s easier that doing your own job.  Then you can tell yourself that you’re too busy.  Lack of organisation and prioristising could be at the heart of this.  The next section will help you.

What can you do?

  • Stop and think about each task as you start, and ask yourself whether is is actually your responsibilty.
  • Know what you should be doing.
  • Plan your day ahead, building in time for paperwork.
  • Prioritise your workload more effectively.
  • Delegate and allocate more tasks.
  • Trust your team memebers
  • Take responsibility for your time, as well as everything else.
  • Be aware of your need to keep busy – and be wary of it.

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Are you a slave to adrenaline?

AdrenalineIf the above apply to you, you probably like action and actually need pressure and stress to get you going. This is fine as far as it goes, and if you recognise this in yourself, you’re likely to be good in a crisis, clear-thinking and focused when under pressure and able to make decisions fast. But stress can be addictive – the more you have, the more you need. The adrenaline that your body produces stops you from realising how tired you are and, if you do get tired, you’ll need to produce more adrenaline to keep you going, and so create even more pressure on yourself. You may rush into situations without giving them enough thought; you may get impatient, aggressive and competitive, and as time goes on, your attention to detail deteriorates, as does your memory, your decisiveness, your capability and, eventually, your health.

Exercise, relaxation and making a conscious effort to slow down can help, but everyone is different and you’ll probably know what helps you to stop.

What can you do?

  • Make a concerted effort to stop periodically and think about what you are doing
  • If you must leave a task to the last minute – know when the last minute starts!
  • Plan some ‘slow time’ and routine into your day, every day
  • Don’t take on too much – you’re feeding your addiction
  • Excercise or relax at least once a day to wind down
  • Let other people help you – ask them and give them space
  • Recognise times when you’re going into overdrive – and make yourself stop
  • Don’t do everything yourself – managers exist to manage as well as well as to do!

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Are you inflexable?

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If the above applied to you, you are likely to be able to plan very well, and stick to it.  Your attention to detail is probably good and you don’t let yourself or anybody else down.  All of this is excellent until the plan goes wrong, which can throw you into anxiety and a feeling of powerlessness.  As a team leader, your best laid plans can be easily ruined – by the demands of the works itself and the demands of other people.  Your expectations of yourself and other people may be too high.

What can you do to improve

  • Aim for ‘good enough’ rather than ‘perfect’
  • Plan ‘flexible time’ into your day
  • Don’t expect other people to like you
  • Be prepared for changes to your plan
  • Accept the way things are rather than the way they should be
  • Give other people more leeway
  • Don’t be so hard on yourself

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Creating a Climate of Empowerment

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There are six essential aspects to creating a climate of empowerment.

Value People

The starting point is your own attitude towards the people in your team.  You need within yourself, to feel positive about your team members, to know their stengths and believe in their capabilities.  You need to be able to show that you value them in the way you behave and the things you say.

Give People the Tools

People can only do the work you delegate if they have the skills.  This means you must give real importance to learning in your team.  Clearly, part of this is likely to involve formal training, but there is also a huge amount that you can do to help your team learn, by coaching. Indeed, delegation is an ideal opportunity for coaching.

Support People

If people are to get on with their work, they need support.  This support can come from you or other team members.  it involves enabling or encouraging people to to ask questions, try out ideas or ask for help.  It involves allowing people to admit mistakes, without fearing blame.  Above all, it involves giving people credit for what they achieve.

Build Trust, Openness and Communication

Delegation also depends on building a climate of trust, openness and communication. You can do this by opening up, being consistant and objective, following up on what you say you will do, admit your failings and giving ownership to your team.

Be Consistent

All this can only work if you are consistant.  When you delegate work, people need to know that they can get on with it without constant chopping and changing.

Let Go

To succeed in empowering your people, you must be able to devolve real responsibilty – but it does mean letting people get on with work, take decsions and solve problems.

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