Recognise Those Who Could Support You

Balance_wheel_of_paper_clips I wholeheartedly believe in delegation, as I recently told an audience at Women in Technology. It’s a skill and gift that not enough professional women embrace. Sometimes we spend our time concentrating on why it is impossible to delegate with the motto "if you want something done right, do it yourself". That is also the motto of the overworked martyr who can’t trust others. Ouch, that might sound harsh, but the truth can hurt. I run a successful business, but know that there are plenty of things I don’t do particularly well. On one hand, I could take my time to learn more about them, struggle on and make excuses why I don’t know anyone who is "good enough" to help me. On the other hand I could open my eyes to those around me who could be trained to do what I want to delegate and trust others to help me. The key is to recognise and appreciate help in many forms. To benefit from support, you must be open to receiving it. Sounds simple, but it is a key challenge for many women. Sometimes we are sceptical of those who could help or who offer a kind word, but if we truly listen to what they are saying – we might be surprised. If you surround yourself with supportive people and learn all that you can from them and how to accept their help, you will only succeed. It is only when we cut ourselves off from support, and fail to recognise those who could support us that we struggle needlessly. Where have you found a surprise source of support?

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