With parades, the Nutcracker holiday shows, staff Christmas parties, and a never-ending personal list of things at this time of year, you really might be wondering, how am I going to get it all done?
Let’s take a page from Santa’s playbook. How does Santa get it all done without overwhelm and burnout? With a little magic, of course. He has little magic, but the reality of it is Santa has a team. Santa knows how to delegate. Santa knows that he can't do it alone. And neither can you! There are people all around you, to support you and to help you succeed, but you have to be willing to identify those people and figure out their strengths - and your weaknesses.
Studio owners are just trying to do it all on their own because they want to keep control of it. You are uniquely you. No one will ever be exactly like you and or do things exactly like you, so you have to be okay with that. You have to understand that there's beauty in that. There's beauty in having team members who see things through a different set of eyes. They can help give you suggestions and ideas. While we do a lot of things really well, it doesn't mean that we are masters at everything that we do, so it might turn out better when we delegate and it will certainly relieve our stress a bit. Santa knows how to delegate to the elves’ strengths. He has a lot of support.
Santa also stays in his zone of genius. Find what you love, enjoy, and you're good at and maybe that's your zone of genius. You need to get in there and do those things that are in your zone of genius and delegate the rest.
This does take planning, delegation, and leadership of your team. Santa is a leader. Every elf knows their job and what’s expected of them. He's there to lead, just like he leads the reindeer through the night sky. He's there to lead. He's not there to do it all on his own.
That is Santa's secret to getting it all done. Santa is a leader who knows how to delegate. He knows what needs to be done and he knows that he can't do it all alone.