Today as I sat in the office I had an email come in…. It was a simple request involving a software project that I am working on. In fact I am in the later parts of the project and could have completed the request in under two minutes. What did I do? I emailed the request onto someone else to complete. I can hear some of you already saying “Why… It would have taken the same amount of time to complete the task as to email it”… and you would be correct.
The reason for passing the email on to someone else, was that as part of the project the ongoing support for the software will have to be conducted by another team. Even though my first instinct was to completed the request, as it was a small request anyway, I let it go… Letting go of things, roles, tasks and people is something that many of us struggle with, all for different reasons.
Think about our children, sometimes we are in that mode where we just do not want to let them go… We want to baby them and have them with us always, however our roles as parents is to prepare them for the world and let them go… Yes they may experience pain along the way, but that is part of the growing up process.
Then there are others of us that struggle in delegating, as we want things to be perfect and hence we have to do it ourselves… Else it will not be done right. Or we do not trust others in getting things done, so we have to do it ourselves.
So back to today….. I let go of the request, even though it would have been easy to solve and I did so for one simple reason…. Capability building. Building up the capability of the team that will support the software long term. If I do not pass on the simple tasks for them to learn with, then when will they have a chance to develop their skills in dealing with the big stuff. So in the end passing on the request was about building the capability of the team and in the long run the organisation.
- What do you have in your life that you need to let go of?
- What is preventing you from letting go?
- How can you overcome this challenge and let go?