“When I try to do everything on my own, too little gets done. When I empower those around me, I am surprised by how little goes wrong.”
If you’re reading this, you’re probably a rock star at your University. You’re excited about getting better – learning best practices – building things.
But, odds are you’re a control freak.
And here’s why that’s a bad thing. Because the most incredibly optimized version of yourself can’t
possibly get enough done on your own. Even if you’re a firm believer in the 80/20 rule. Even if you
determine the most valuable and necessary tasks at your University and exclusively focus your energy there.
With your manpower alone, you can only get around 40 hours of this amazing work done in a week.
But what if you created systems instead?
What if instead of personally replying to every comment on your University’s social networking sites – you empower others around you, much closer to the specific questions being asked to interact with? What if rather than re-writing every page of your 2,000 page site, you create a navigation framework and outline based on Web best practices and ask department chairs to help fill in the holes?
Will the results be slightly worse than if you had done everything yourself? No. Because the quantity getting done will be 10-20x what you could have produced on your own.
Sometimes, we work so hard to prove ourselves invaluable to our organization. But if we’re looking to create real value, we set up systems that won’t immediately die upon our departure.