One of the challenges of working as a solo entrepreneur is deciding when to outsource work. Do you find this a challenge?
Many of my entrepreneur friends have expressed frustration when it comes to getting everything done, yet, they won’t find one or more virtual assistants. I can relate. My coach continually tells me to outsource some of my work. I continually tell my clients to outsource some of their work. Apparently I talk better than I listen.
At the recent eWomen Network Convention in Dallas, Texas, one of the presenters outlined the services of his off-shore company. It sounded inviting to several of us. Have we checked it out? I know I haven’t but I am checking again with a couple of virtual assistants I’ve used in the past.
My biggest challenge when outsourcing is determining WHAT to outsource. I’d love to hear comments and suggestions about your process for deciding and delegating big stuff and little stuff. I need the help. And, I am very comfortable when something is done differently than I might have done it. Frequently it’s done better by fresh eyes.
Time does slip by and the “launch” that was to happen months ago has taken longer than expected. Why? Putting a great product out, rather than a good or adequate product, takes time. So, A SIMPLER SYSTEM: 7 Keys to Inspired Leadership will launch this fall.
Watch for the introductory offers – FREE!
A couple of eBooks are in the works, two or three webinars, and some other leadership insights will be offered before the launch.
Oh, yes, I’d love your response to these survey questions. If you have ever transitioned from Worker to Leader – regular employee to lead hand, supervisor, manager, etc., please give me your comments for the following:
- My greatest personal challenge in becoming a new leader was …
- The biggest headache/challenge from my direct reports/team was …
I look forward to your comments.
See http://garthroberts.com/simpler-system-workshop/ for a summary.
In a few weeks, those of us who live with Daylight Saving Time, will hear the phrase “fall back” so we know how to set our clocks. September isn’t quite fall, or autumn, if you prefer, but it’s, for many people, the start of a new cycle in the year as vacations end, school begins, and new projects abound. I feel refreshed and I’m ready to “fall forward to action.” How about you? What projects are on your plate for the balance of 2014?
In the coming weeks I’ll be telling you more about my pet project – A SIMPLER SYSTEM: 7 Keys to Inspired Leadership. More information to follow.
Garth Roberts, CSP.
I know, January 1st is supposed to be the start of a new year but let’s face it, September marks the kick-off of another type of new year. Kids go back to school, people return to their jobs after most have had a vacation, and the seasons change from, “Isn’t it lovely,” to “What will winter be like this year?”
In my world of Frontline Leadership Training it’s a matter of getting answers from clients as to what they want their people to experience. You may not be looking for leadership/supervisory training, but do me a favour, answer this question.
What skills do you see lacking in supervisors and managers?
We all see supervisors and managers who could use help with their skills. The lack can show itself in poor service, rude or abrupt communication, or a myriad of other “less than joyful” experiences with businesses. So, what skills do you see lacking?
I look forward to your comments. My SIMPLER SYSTEM: 7 Key Strategies for Inspired Leadership launches this week. Enrollment is continuous and the guest presenters are spectacular.
Garth Roberts, CSP
Most of us don’t like to admit we may be the problem in any situation. In leadership it’s even more difficult to look in the mirror and say, “I see the problem.” Reality is, even if you’re only 5% of the problem, you must fix the 5% first. Your credibility as a leader will be heavily damaged if you don’t acknowledge your mistakes. Your team, colleagues and clients will respect you more and your successes will increase. Don’t be afraid to communicate your errors and definitely tell how you’ve fixed the problem.
My SIMPLER SYSTEM features 7 Steps, with the first one being SELF. Join me on May 28th to learn more about you, and how to make more money and have more time for yourself.
If you’d like to spend less time at work and have more money when you’re away from work. Let’s talk. For the past 30+ years I’ve been a leader and worked with leaders. OK, I wasn’t always a leader because, like many of you, I started as a supervisor, became a manager, worked into developing my company and, along the way, became a leader.
Also along the way I discovered I was working too hard at this leadership thing. So I’ve taken a step back and reviewed what’s worked and what hasn’t and I’ve devised a Simpler System for Frontline Managers. I love working with new supervisors and middle management because most of them a left to fend for themselves when it comes to leading. One day you’re a worker, the next day you’re a manager or supervisor and no one has taken the time to help you in the transition.
Let me help you as I turn managers into leaders.
How? In my Simpler System workshop I walk you through seven strategies. On May 28th please join me in Calgary. Just click to register – http://garthroberts.com/Training-SIMPLER_System_Seminar.htm