Don’t Become the Bottleneck

When you take on additional responsibilities, you may also take on a new team. Because you are unfamiliar with the skills your new employees have to offer, you may be tempted to take the “easy” way out and do everything yourself.

If you choose this path, you will underutilize the talents of your team and increase your own level of stress. On the other hand, if you get up to speed as quickly as possible, you can confidently turn to others and seek their assistance in completing key elements of your plans.

It’s easy to convince yourself that you must be the author of all new guidelines, products, procedures and processes, but don’t make this critical mistake. Not only will this contribute to your overwhelm—it will also slow everything down as you become a bottleneck.

Take the time to plan, and once you are clear about what needs to be done, delegate to engage others in important work. In doing so, you will assert more control over your expanding job, minimize your sense of overwhelm and preserve your vitality.