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“Steve, you need to multiply your hands.”
I can remember the first time I was introduced to delegating. It was during my annual employee review in 2010. My boss said, “Steve, you do great work but you need to multiply your hands. We need more Steve’s.“ Then he said it again: “You need to multiply your hands.”
This was music to my ears. I was thinking, “Yeah! I’m awesome. We definitely need more of me!”
I totally missed the point.
I floated back to my desk and just went back to doing the same thing: head down working and keeping to myself. Me, me, me, me, me.
This same discussion would happen again, and again, and again. “Steve you need to multiply your hands.”
“What is up with this guy and multiplying my hands? Is he serious? Go hire another Steve.” I was thinking.
Of course, the phrase ‘multiply my hands,’ was a clever way to motive me to delegate and train others. I had developed a strong skill set and had become indispensable to the firm. I had learned these skills from my mentors and it was time for me to start giving back. It may seem that I was being selfish, but really, I was just oblivious. My priority at that time was to work hard and to build my skill set. I assumed that was my role. I could best help the firm by focusing on being the best me. Right?
I was half right. I needed to be the best me, and I also needed to help others by delegating and leadership. Over time, I started to shed some of my workload. I slowly learned to delegate and to think bigger. I multiplied my hands and that was a game changer.