Are you the smartest person on your team? If you are, then you could be doing better.
One of the oft-repeated pieces of advice in the world of business is to assemble a group of people around you that are “smarter” than you. In fact, one of the keys to finishing projects is to delegate tasks to other people. And hopefully you’re delegating to people that are better at their craft than you.
To do this, you need to recognize what your weaknesses and strengths are. What are your biggest roles in your project? Are you the principle songwriter? A key member of the band? The best producer?
Narrow it down to the three biggest things you are contributing to the project and just focus on those. Then start farming out responsibilities to other people.
As much as it pains me to admit it, I’m not the keyboard or piano player I’d like to be. I can function at an alright level, but I’m not the guy you want for your tracks. So, I’ll find somebody who can do it better. And so onAt the end of the day, you can accomplish some great things if you’re the weakest link in your team. In fact, deploying such a team will yield two results:
- Better work. You want to put your best foot forward, so get some help. If it means you don’t get to record the guitar solo, your ego might take a hit. But you’ll have an awesome guitar track on tape.
- More work, quicker. The idea of doing everything yourself has been tremendously empowering to the home recording community, but it can be a disservice too. Doing it all takes more time, dilutes your efforts, and robs you of time to do the things you are really good at.
Who doesn’t want higher and better output from their studio? Seriously, let us know in the comments section. If we’re way off base, we want to hear it.
Being the weak link at the center of the team isn’t a cakewalk though. Experts and smarty-pants can be hard to work with. What you might find is that you spend a little time previously reserved for poorly playing keyboards to learning about leadership.
Possibly the best thing you can do as a leader is to get out of the way. If you’re really guiding the ship, you need to create a vision for the team and let them bring their best contributions, without being a micromanaging overlord.
Another powerful tip comes to us from an article on Inc.com:
As Gwynne Shotwell reminded the audience recently from the Women 2.0 Conference stage: “You can’t control whether you’re the smartest person in the room, but you can certainly control whether you’re the most prepared.”
“You can’t get smarter. But you can always work harder than someone else,” agrees Farhan Thawar, VP Engineeringat at XtremeLabs, on Quora, “so the adjustment is to work extremely hard at your craft until you feel like you fit in.” Christina Bonnington, a writer for Wired, also concurs: “Pedigree doesn’t mean anything. Work ethic is everything.”