Failure happens. Most projects in business go over deadline or over budget. When failure would be catastrophic–meaning we could lose our jobs, or in some cases, even lose lives–we say “failure is not an option.” As we know from the news, failure happens anyway.
In many cases failure is a real option. No lives will be lost, no jobs will be lost. Perhaps not even money will be lost. Perhaps even if the goal is not achieved, a situation will still be better than it was.
When failure is an option, it’s time to delegate–and take calculated risks. Give a new person a task that will stretch their abilities. Under-supervise and see who takes charge. Allow workers to develop their own processes. Let them surprise you. And the most difficult yet most rewarding scenario of all: allow them to fail.
This week, delegate a low-risk project. Turn it into a learning experience for everyone–including yourself, as you learn to delegate.