Later when I became an SVP and Ombuds for the 7th largest bank in the nation, I had to learn how to stop doing things myself because it wasn't appropriate anymore. My executive assistant trained me to delegate in no time flat.
And, while I didn't like it, I had to admit I performed at a higher level (and was happier) when I could focus all my energies on helping employees navigate their life and work challenges better. But that's not the reason I'm such a fanatic about delegation.
A family tragedy made me a true champion for delegation.
I was living the American entrepreneurial dream.I ran my own 6 figure training/consulting firm for decades. It was hard but I got to make my own rules and keep more money. My husband was running a million dollar consulting firm. We dined well, traveled often and generally 'lived the life'.
One sneeze and 12 hours changed it all. A sneeze, something we all do, changed my life in an instant.
You see, the hubs was not into delegation. He always said, I'm not paying for help.
I tried to explain about leveraging his time but he responded, why would I want to pay someone who is just gonna steal my process?
He was the go-to guy for several large corporations because his company was so lean. He kept his pricing reasonable and earned more and more business. Hard to argue with that.
Four months before our wedding, the hubs sneezed and ruptured two discs in his back and crushed the nerve sac that controls all movement below the waist.
Emergency back surgery at 3 am in the morning lead to a two year recovery period. He survived. His business died that week.
I never want any entrepreneur, especially lawyers, to experience the anguish and suffering I endured because you refuse to put in the systems and team that would safeguard your family. I went to law school to give people power through knowledge and this work is how I am living my purpose.
I want to teach you to: