I truly believe that collaboration and delegation are the two things every successful person (male or female) has mastered in all areas of their lives.

Collaboration
Collaboration is highly diversified teams working together inside and outside a company with the purpose to create value by improving innovation, customer relationships and efficiency while leveraging technology for effective interactions in the virtual and physical space. ~ Carlos Dominguez

Achieving true collaboration, where the whole is more than the mere sum of the individual parts, may not be easy.
To achieve collaboration, everyone must have self-awareness and high self-esteem. Everyone must set aside their ego, trust one another and share their expertise willingly.
I truly wish that I had been consciously aware of this when I was younger. How many times I had fights with people just because they had a different opinion and/or my ego got in the way. When we are in our “knowing”, there is no longer a requirement for us to force our opinions onto other people.
It is such a beautiful space to be in. We can just sit back thinking and listening to other people. It is not from a self-righteous or superior space, it is just from our knowing. This saves so much energy and time, as we don’t care who comes up with the best ideas, it’s the whole team who will create value by improving innovation, customer relations and efficiencies.

Do you collaborate with others?

Delegation
To entrust (a task or responsibility) to another person, typically one who is less senior than oneself. “You must delegate duties so as to free yourself for more important tasks”

For a few, delegating comes easily, maybe too easy. For others who are perfectionists, letting go of even the most trivial task is almost impossible.
Delegating isn’t losing control but rather letting go of what could be holding you back from moving up. And to delegate, you need to shun the temptation to micromanage. Show people how you want things done, and then allow them to exercise some initiative and bring suggestions to you.
Choose what tasks you are willing to delegate. You should be using your time on the most critical tasks for the business (personal life), and the tasks that only you can do. Delegate what you can’t do, and what doesn’t interest you.
Some of the easiest tasks for women to consider delegating are the house chores – cleaning, laundry, cooking and shopping. I’m a great believer that no-one lies on their death bed wishing that they had cleaned more!!
Think about how much time this would free up in your week. Get past the idea that you are a failure you are making yourself more available to spend quality time in your other areas of life.
Also, don’t get trapped in thinking that if you delegate major tasks, you won’t be needed. You are the main engine of your area. You are the one who is making sure everything runs like clockwork and assist people when required.

You are building a team of people who will have self-esteem and self-worth and eventually will have a CEO focus where they will learn to delegate, leverage, time, energy and resources.
Of course, when good work is returned to you, make sure to both recognise and reward the effort. As a leader, you should get in the practice of complimenting members of your team every time you are impressed by what they have done.
This effort on your part will go a long way toward building team member’s self-confidence and efficiency, both of which will be improved on the next delegated task; hence, you both win.

What are you going to start delegating today? Are you ready to build a team who have a CEO focus and value collaborating and delegating?

Not sure where to start?

Then check out the many resources on this website.

Until next time…..

Be well and remember to make each day meaningful, memorable and magical………..and never, ever, ever stop dancing!

With Love & Gratitude
Karen Chaston.