Category Archive: Delegation

7 Things Successful Leaders Never Delegate

Everything you hang on to eventually holds you back. But one day you will eventually let go of everything. Apart from delegation, you’re overworked and frantic. Delegation is the skill that makes remarkable… Continue reading

Dear Dan: I Can’t Stop Helping People

Dear Dan, I work late because I’m being helpful to people on my team. How can I stop helping too much? Sincerely, Too Helpful (Question after a recent presentation.) Dear Too, The desire… Continue reading

4 Ways to Delegate Before it’s too Late

You waited too long to delegate if you’re going under for the third time. Delegation isn’t a life preserver for overworked leaders. Desperation is a lousy context for delegation. Practice proactive delegation: #1.… Continue reading

Delegation is the Decision to Replace Yourself

You’d delegate if you had the time, but it’s easier to do it yourself. Even though your brain says the previous sentence is self-limiting and ridiculous, managers still say it. Managers know ‘doing… Continue reading

Drive For Results Vs. Need for Approval

Successful leaders have high drive for results (hi-DFR) and low need for approval (lo-NFA). The rule: The rule of drive: As drive for results (DFR) goes up – social courtesy goes down. Who… Continue reading

Who’s Got the Monkey

Full disclosure: This post is an excuse to show our youngest granddaughter with the screaming monkey. Audiences love “Who’s got the monkey” stories. The idea is based on a 1974 HBR article by… Continue reading