Hello, and welcome to the Leadership Done Right podcast, Episode 81: Learning to Effectively Delegate with Mark Gober.
Get to Know Mark
Hi friends, today we have a special guest. Our guest is a partner of Sherpa Technology Group, a firm that advises businesses on mergers and acquisitions and strategy. He previously worked as an investment banking analyst in New York.
Our guest has been quoted for his opinions on business and technology matters in Bloomberg, Businessweek, and elsewhere. He has authored internationally published business articles and participated in several Summit Series events. He also recently wrote the book An End to Upside Down Thinking.
Our guest has attended the annual TED Conference for the past 8 years. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, where he was captain of the tennis team.
I am really excited to have our guest on the show today! Our guest today is Mark Gober. Mark, welcome to the show!
Learning to Effectively Delegate
In this episode, Mark Gober and I talked about his journey from a beginning leader to managing many people. Through that journey, Mark learned the importance of delegating.
Because there is just not enough time in the day to do it all, Mark learned to delegate important tasks to others. He started by bringing in people that were good to do important tasks. He and his leadership team felt it was important to allow them to use their skills and abilities to improve the organization. That required they give up some control, but ultimately it was best for him and their team.
By giving up control, he grew as a leader AND those he lead grew as people. There came a point where he had to delegate just to continue to move the organization forward. That was key to his effectiveness delegating.
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The Speed Round
- Who is the one leader you look up to most and why? Dr. David Hawkins because he was a prominent psychiatrist. He had a number of great books. Dr. Hawkins was dedicated to expose people to reality. He worked very hard to make sure that what he conveyed was true and accurate. Mark learned the importance that leaders have in teaching other people.
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? When we look at any achievement that we have, it is easy to think that WE did it! But, it is easy to forget that it was due to a person we met, a book we read, or news we heard. It is okay to have some pride in our achievements, but we should not have too much pride.
- What’s a personal habit that contributes to your success? Hard work. I always like to fully understand something before I dive right into it. I work very hard to make sure I understand topics I get into.
- If you could recommend one book to our listeners, what would it be and why?Letting Go by Dr. David Hawkins. In this book, he talks about different emotions and how we can learn to let them go. This is good for leaders because if we are in a difficult emotional place, it shows us how to overcome them so we can get to a well grounded place.
- On a light-hearted note, what is your favorite hobby? I love researching especially on the topic of consciousness. I love researching using YouTube, Podcasts, and other sources.
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