Since Jake sent that episode of Quit! to me the other week I’ve been listening to quite a few episodes lately. One that I just listened to this week that really hit home was episode 34. In this episode Dan Benjamin talks about hiring people, delegating work and growing your business. This is something that I’m constantly trying to figure out as LooseKeys moves forward. I don’t know if there is really one “right” way to do it but I do like hearing others thoughts on the process.
Dan talks about how people are afraid to delegate work. I would say that I can relate. As I’m bringing on more people to help with the projects, so LooseKeys is able to do more work and grow I don’t want to lose control of the projects. I want to keep that control but I’m afraid that what they might do isn’t as good as the work I’ve done or could do. I don’t want LooseKeys to do lower quality work then we’ve been doing. But you have to let go of the control a little in order to grow. There is no way you can do it all and grow otherwise…
As the business becomes more successful there are more responsibilities to take on and those have to be delegated.
You can get burned by giving away too much control but if you don’t give away any you’ll just end up frustrating the people working with you. If I have to go in and change or adjust every project I have someone else work on then not only does that sucks for my time but it also makes those people who work on the project get upset. They may worry that they aren’t good enough or that I don’t trust them. It’s a hard thing to balance and I wish I had an answer for it. Being in a creative industry often adds another layer of complexity to the whole issue. Maybe over time I’ll figure out the right balance but I have a feeling it will be an ongoing struggle.