Are you nervous to try delegating in your practice? How can delegating benefit different aspects of your practice, as well as your peace of mind? What are some ways to overcome basic anxieties around starting to delegate in your practice?
In this podcast episode, Whitney Owens speaks about five obstacles of delegating in your practice.
In This Podcast
- A delegation audit
- 5 obstacles business owners run into when learning to delegate
- How to tell if delegating is working in your practice
A delegation audit
Make a list of all the things you are currently doing in your practice, and then really spend time and decide whether these are things you particularly as the CEO must do, or if someone else could do them for you.
Just because someone could do it does not mean they have to do it. You could enjoy doing that task, but try to keep in mind what the reward is for the amount of time you put into completing these tasks.
Consider, why are you not delegating in your practice?
5 obstacles business owners run into when learning to delegate
1. Uncertainty about what to delegate
You can train people to help you and do a lot of things. You can deal with this obstacle by doing numerous things, such as; figuring out what you want to delegate and ask yourself:
- What do you most dislike doing in the business?
- What are the tasks you find quite time-consuming?
- What brings you minimal to no income that you spend lots of time doing?
- What admin aspects overwhelm you?
Answering these questions will help you narrow down tasks that you can give to other people.
2. The cost of delegating
The cost of adding tasks to staff, and the cost of adding staff. There is a cost if you do not delegate, because it hinders you from taking your practice to the next level.
3. The cost of hiring new staff
You can solve this by thinking about what the financial loss is for not delegating, and run those numbers. Consider the cost of money, time and energy.
4. The time of training other people
Practice owners put off hiring new people because they do not want to spend the time training them, but ultimately, it saves you time in the long run. Think about a task you recently delegated out and think about how much time you saved by doing this.
You can get around this by making training videos!
5. Trusting other people
For business owners, their practices are like their babies and therefore it can be difficult to allow other people to take control over different aspects of the practice. When you trust people to do something, you are empowering them to do their best work.
How to tell if delegating is working in your practice
- Look at your income and expenses and see if delegation is increasing your profit.
- Check your metrics, check your Google analytics.
- Look at your schedule, do you have more time to do the things you like doing?
- Observe your overall wellbeing, is delegating adding to your sense of satisfaction or not?
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Meet Whitney Owens
Whitney is a licensed professional counselor and owns a growing group practice in Savannah, Georgia. Along with a wealth of experience managing a practice, she also has an extensive history working in a variety of clinical and religious settings. This allows her to specialize in consulting for faith-based practices and those wanting to connect with religious organizations.
Knowing the pains and difficulties surrounding building a private practice, she started this podcast for Christian therapists. Through this podcast, Whitney offers information and tips to help clinicians start, grow, and scale a faith-based practice. She has learned how to start and grow a successful practice that adheres to her own faith and values. And as a private practice consultant, she has helped many clinicians do the same.
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