Letting Go

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?

About Attila Ovari

Attila Ovari is passionate about life and thrives on empowering others, in particular when it comes to leadership. Attila has in excess of 17 years of experience in the private, government, not for profit and volunteer sectors. He also has formal qualifications in business, management, training and legal services. He is currently study towards his Masters of Business Administration. Attila’s sense of adventure has taken him around the world. His passion for travel includes a number of community projects in developing nations and he has conducted business on four contingents around the globe. Attila has a passion for speaking, writing, training, coaching and consulting individuals, teams and organisations to achieve greatness. Attila writes at his personal blog www.attilaovari.com, where you will find his contact details.

Posted on Monday, 13 Jan 2014, in Business and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. definitely food for thought and something that’s been on my mind a lot lately – I need to work on letting go of the work stress… am slowly getting better at it, but it’s a process for certain

    • Work stress…. I can relate to this. I remember a few years back now, when I was stressed about stuff at work that I could not do anything about I had a work colleague tell me “it is not worth the stress, the sun will still rise in the morning.”

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