Last week I was talking to an entrepreneur that was lamenting how he has to filter all the resumes that come in for a new position they just created. Inquiring further, I found out that he has 26 employees, has been in business for almost a decade, and is growing at low double digits each year. After hearing this, I asked why he’s still filtering resumes and screening candidates. He thought about it for a second and said that he still does it because he’s always done it since the beginning. Hmm, I thought, tasks like that should be handed off so as to focus on the areas of highest value.
Here are a few thoughts on eliminating trivial work and delegating tasks:
- Go on vacation for two weeks and require that someone else do all your standard tasks
- Think about every task that isn’t strategic and assign it as a responsibility to someone else
- Find an ambitious up-and-comer in your organization and hand off some of the “harder” tasks to him/her
- Spend a week jotting down everything that you spend time on, review it, and decide on what you should start/stop/continue doing
Making the entrepreneurial transition from working in the business to working on the business takes time and is often uncomfortable. An easy process is to slowly relinquish all trivial tasks that are readily accomplish by another team member.
What else? What are some other thoughts on eliminating trivial work and delegating more tasks?