Professional Equities - December 2019

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to your kids about what to expect during the trip. This will help them visualize what’s ahead of them, and, rather than be uncomfortable or anxious, they will be excited and eager for the adventure. Your holiday flight can be a great learning opportunity for them, too. Teach your kids about the efforts of the Wright brothers and how their invention made it possible for families — like yours — to celebrate the holidays together more easily.

busy time and making proper adjustments are crucial to ensure the crowds don’t hinder your travel. Make sure to arrive early and keep an eye out for any updates to your flight. If you’re planning to travel with children or you’re a senior flyer, it’s important to make the airline aware of any special accommodations you may need for boarding (like wheelchair assistance or car seat installation) and for landing. Consider bringing quiet entertainment to keep kids occupied and talk

easily in the air. Then, in 1908, they made their first public flight in France.

The accomplishments of these two brothers opened up an entirely new way of travel. Not only did they prove that air travel was possible but also that planes could be the most efficient way to travel over long distances. Through their efforts, traveling around the world became even more feasible. Today, people rely on airplanes to explore new cultures and countries and to bring them home to their families. No one worries about whether they’ll be able to see a family member if they move hundreds of miles away anymore. Instead, they only have to decide which airline to use and purchase tickets in time for the holidays. If you’re planning to take advantage of the Wright brothers’ legacy this holiday season, keep a few important things in mind. Since the airplane has become a significant part of holiday travel, thousands of people flock to airports all around the globe. Planning for this

DELEGATE TO ELEVATE The Secret to Being a Great Leader

someone who is more skilled than they are. The task will get done faster and at a much higher quality. TIME-SENSITIVE: These tasks need to get done right now but are competing with tasks of a higher priority. Just because it has to get done immediately doesn’t mean you have to be the one to do it. Sure, some tasks only you can accomplish, but these are extremely rare. As the Virgin Group founder Richard Branson warns, needlessly resisting delegation is the path to disaster. “You need to learn to delegate so that you can focus on the big picture,”Branson says.“It’s vital to the success of your business that you learn to hand off those things that you aren’t able to do well.”

booking the flight are all small tasks someone else can handle.

Poor delegation is the Achilles’heel of most leaders, who often confuse being“involved” with being“essential.”To determine if you’re holding on to work you should delegate out, the Harvard Business Review (HBR) recommends asking this simple question:“If you had to take an unexpected week off work, would your initiatives and priorities advance in your absence?” If your answer is no or you aren’t sure, then you’re probably too involved. No one person should be the cog that keeps everything inmotion, no matter their position in the company. Luckily, HBR has created an audit using the following six T’s to identify which tasks can be delegated. TINY: Small tasks that stack up can undermine the flow of your work. Registering for a conference, putting it on the calendar, and

TEDIOUS: These tasks are straightforward but not the best use of your time. Someone else can input lists into spreadsheets or update key performance indicators for a presentation. TIME-CONSUMING: These important, complex tasks don’t require you to do the first 80% of the work. Identify what they are, pass them to someone else, and step in for the final 20% to give approval. TEACHABLE: Is there a task only you know how to do? If so, teach someone else to do it, and step in for the last quality check when it’s done.

TERRIBLE AT: It’s okay to be bad at some things. Great leaders knowwhen to pass tasks off to

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