You Can't Do Everything

How are you delegating and creating shared value among your team members?

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As the founder of several digital lifestyle brands -- including CraftBoxGirls.com, LifestyleBloggersSociety.com and NationalDIYDay.com -- Lynn Lilly works to empower and inspire women and youth through creative do-it-yourself projects, crafts and simple recipes. Lynn's mission is to inspire and empower women to follow their dreams, whether it is turning a hobby into a business, being the best mom they can be or climbing the corporate ladder. In her debut Leadercast Now video, Lynn shares the keys to building a well-rounded, successful team; it requires humility, diligence, keen leadership insight, and the ability to delegate.

 

Lynn suggests starting the delegation process by picking one thing that you’re most passionate about in your current role and allocating the rest to others. “As a leader, [at first] you want to do everything with your business because you're so passionate about it. I am learning that there are things I have to give up. I have to be able to bring other people in as I get busier and am doing more and more. I can't do 100 things at 100 percent … you can’t do everything.” Once she realized this, Lynn’s next step was to assess her strengths and weaknesses and delegate accordingly.

 

“It's learning to be self-aware of what your weaknesses are and then throwing away your pride and going to find great and talented people who can help you.”

 

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Loosening the reigns and allowing the strengths of others to bridge the gap of our own weaknesses allows for the entire team and organization to grow into excellence. It may even be the difference between being digitally vulnerable and having the right security in place.

 

“We now have an amazing tech adviser who helps us have conversations with developers and understand the needs … so we don't get taken advantage of in situations. It's important to find those people who are passionate, share your vision with them, get them to really follow you, and understand what your passion is.” For simple team building activities for the workplace, download our free Team Building eBook! You can also find more team building insights, check out our Team Building channel on Leadercast Now.

As a leader you want to do everything to start with your business because you’re so passionate about it. You feel, as the founder, that I know everything in and out about this business. I think that there are things I am learning, that I have to give up. I have to be able to bring other people in as I get busier and am doing more and more, I can’t do 100 things at 100%. I think the things that I am most passionate about are talking about our company and sharing our message and our vision, and spreading that with everyone. I love to get out and teach workshops and teach seminars and talk to other people then and inspire them to follow their dreams, whether it’s in the crafting and the DIY world or starting a business. I’m very passionate about our social media. People have tried to take it away from me in the past. But, I’ve held onto it. I will eventually have to kind of take that piece and hand it off to someone else. But, our social media is really our talking piece for our consumers and I really want to never lose the grasp on what our consumers are saying and really understanding their needs and wants, and social media right now is a big piece of that for us. I’m learning to give up some of the other aspects of our company, but I’m finding great people and understanding that I am not good at everything. And to have a company that’s going to reach the grand vision that we have I cannot do it all. I am not good enough to do it all. There are things I am not good at at all. So finding people that are going to either be employees or going to be advisers to us that have those strengths. As a new business we have limited resources. So In my head, at first, I was like “Oh my gosh. I’ve got to learn how to code and I have to learn how to be able to edit our website, and I’ve got to do everything.” But realistically, I can’t. I was not built or made to learn how to code. I just don’t understand it. I’m not good at it. But that’s okay. It’s learning to be self aware of what your weaknesses are and then throwing away your pride and going to find great and talented people who can help you. We now have an amazing tech adviser who helps us and helps us have conversations with developers and understand the needs of where we are from tech so we don’t get taken advantage of in situations. It’s important to find those people that are passionate, share your vision with them, get them to really follow you and understand what your passion is. So much that they want to donate their time to help you because they believe in what you’re doing. And as a leader it goes back to communication and being able to get them to understand what the grander plan is and how that person as an adviser or an employee can fit in and be a part of that and contribute to it.
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Lynn Lilly

After being laid off from her big time corporate job, Lynn Lilly took her savings and decided to follow her life long passion of crafting and entertaining. The road began on a few dollars, hard work, a lot hours and a lot of creativit...

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