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Delegation a Challenge for the ADD/ADHD Entrepreneur

Adults with ADD tend to be poor at delegation. Delegation is simply getting someone else to do a task for you. The task could be something that you could do but isn’t worth you time or it could be a task where someone else has better skills to deal with the task. Delegation can include working with a specialist (Accountant, Lawyer, ADD Coach, etc.), or hiring someone on a part-time or full-time basis. In a small business you need to be responsible for every aspect of the business. While many aspects of managing a business can be mentally stimulating, there are going to be areas of your business that will not interest you. Delegating someone else to do these tasks will allow you to maintain the consistency needed in order to succeed.

I think that there are two main reasons why adults with ADD do not like to delegate. Delegation means giving up control and giving up control seems like you are compromising you vision. However, this is just not true, delegation allows you to put more focus and effort on issues that will allow you to grow your business faster.

Another reason why adults with ADD do not like to delegate is because they are afraid to. One reason for the fear is that they think that no one will be able to a task as good as they would do it. This may be true when you are trying to teach someone how to do a task, but once the right person has learned a task they will use their gifts to improve the task and allow you to focus more energy on other tasks. Some adults with ADD might be afraid to delegate because it feels like they are asking for help. This might remind them of a time before they were diagnosed when they asked for help only to be told that they were lazy and just needed to apply themselves. It is important to recognize if you are still influenced by past experiences when it comes to delegation. Delegation is a valuable skill that often separates the most successful entrepreneurs from the rest of the pack.

In a group environment delegation is simply deciding who is responsible for completing a task. For an individual it is simply getting someone else to do a task. Almost everyone delegates tasks that they don’t have the time, patience, or expertise to properly complete. For example, many people go get their car washed even though they have the ability to do it themselves. Delegation can help you at work or in the home to be a more productive person.  Entrepreneur Magazine has an interesting article by Beth Schneider about the five steps involved in delegating. According to Beth the five steps in delegation are:

Step 1: Determine what to give away and what to keep.

Step 2: Create a plan.

Step 3: Hire the right person.

Step 4: Assign results and accountability.

Step 5: Check in from time to time.


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Hello my name's Nancy Venable and welcome to my blog.

Here I talk about lifestyle issues. For me, my world is centred around attention deficit disorder where my husband suffers from this.

I have created this blog as a means of expressing myself and also to do something together with my husband that will enable me to enrich our lives as well as our readers.

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