Monthly Archives: July 2017

Talk with Tom: Episode #21 | TwT Motivational Minute: Working With the Right Mentor


mentor or coach

In this Talk with Tom Motivational Minute, Tom tells us how we can choose the right mentor – and how to respect their time and the gift they are giving to you.

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The 5 Levels of Delegation


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Life Area: Professional

So many of my clients and seminar attendees are entrepreneurs and small business owners susceptible to falling into the habit of doing everything themselves and finding it very difficult to delegate even the most trivial of things to others. That was me too! It was hard for me to hand over something to another when I felt like it wouldn’t be done as good or that it would take me longer to explain to them how to do it than it would take for me to just do it myself!


To assist them, and you, I offer up here the starting point of how I began to delegate. There are five levels of delegation and as you work your way up the levels you exercise your delegation muscle more and more. My mantra for last year is applicable here… “Business moves at the speed of trust.” What I found is that I became more and more trusting as my delegates succeeded. Soon you too will find that you have off-loaded quite a bit, leaving you more able to focus on those things that require your unique core competencies.


The Five Levels of Delegation


Level 1: Do exactly what I have asked you to do. Don’t deviate from my instructions. I have already researched the options and determined what I want you to do.


Level 2: Research the topic and report back to me. We will discuss it, and then I will make the decision and tell you what I want you to do.


Level 3: Research the topic, outline the options, and make a recommendation. Give me the pros and cons of each option, but tell me what you think we should do. If I agree with your decision, I will authorize you to move forward.


Level 4: Make a decision and then tell me what you did. I trust you to do the research, make the best decision you can and then keep me in the loop. I don’t want to be surprised by someone else.


Level 5: Make whatever decision you think is best. No need to report back. I trust you completely. I know you will follow through. You have my full support.


There’s a big difference in authority between these levels. If you or your delegate are unclear about the scope, then clarify, clarify, clarify.


What to Delegate

To decide what to off-load, you must first do a quick self-assessment as to what you like to do and what you are competent to do. Ask yourself these three questions:


  1. What am I good at doing?
  2. What do I enjoy doing?, and
  3. Of all team members, what can only I do?

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Know When To Go Organic


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Life Area: Personal
If you want to be healthy, wealthy and wise about the fruits and vegetables you eat, you should know when to go organic, as well as when it’s unnecessary. Sometimes I find it worthwhile to pay a little extra for organic…sometimes not so wise.

I came across a study by the Environmental Working Group which ranked produce based on what contained the least and most amount of pesticides. The ones with the most pesticides were strawberries and spinach – so go organic for these two, as well as nectarines, apples, peaches, pears, cherries, grapes, celery, tomatoes, bell peppers and potatoes.

As for least amount of pesticides (making it unnecessary to go organic): obviously the thick skin things such as avocados, pineapple, bananas, eggplant, mangoes, papayas, cantaloupe, kiwi and grapefruit, but also cauliflower, cabbage, onions and asparagus.

On another note, Happy Birthday to my Dad…he’s 84 today! Happy Birthday Dad! I love you <3

One of my missions in life is to move and inspire people to live their highest vision.  It is my honor and privilege to serve you in this way.  I make it an absolute MUST to inspire each and every one of you to STEP UP and live the life of your dreams, NOW, and not settle for less than you can be, do, have, say or believe.

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