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Delegating is Key (Josh Patrick)

  • Episode #35

Delegating can be really hard. Maybe you’ve tried, and it didn’t go so well. In this episode, Melinda talks with Josh about why it is often so difficult for entrepreneurs to let go and how to navigate those issues. The two discuss why delegating is key to growth and sustained success and how business owners can learn to master this important skill.

Josh Patrick is the founder of Sustainable Business, a consulting firm that helps small business owners find a framework for growth. His expertise comes from his life-long obsession with discovering what makes businesses successful. In his quest, he discovered that the ability to effectively delegate is a big part of growth and stability. 
In this episode we discuss:

  • Why coaches need to delegate.
  • How to determine what tasks to delegate.
  • What are the main reasons business owners avoid delegating and what to do about it. 
  • How to manage mistakes.
  • What is the most important thing to look for when hiring help? (The answer might surprise you.)
  • How to use time blocking to determine what you need to be doing and what you don’t.
  • What should you delegate through another person and what should be automated?
  • How to use the EIA method to make teaching delegated tasks easier.
“An awful lot of private business owners out there spend 80-90% of their time out of their zone of excellence, because they don’t believe they can trust anyone else in the company.”

Josh Patrick

Josh Patrick is a serial entrepreneur who is obsessed with what makes businesses successful and ultimately personally and economically sustainable. He’s spent more than forty years running, owning, consulting and working with business owners. He is the founder of Sustainable Business, a consulting firm that helps small business owners find a framework for growth.

Josh’s passion in life is helping private business owners create extraordinary value with their businesses and lives. As a Certified Financial Planner® and a Financial Transitionist®, he knows how to help you get the most value from your business both from personal experience and from helping countless others do the same.

As a former blogger for the New York Times, Josh shared his tips for preparing for the future in his book, Sustainable: A Fable About Creating a Personally and Economically Sustainable Business. He has taught over 200 seminars and hundreds of companies over the past 35 years. 

Resources or websites mentioned in this episode:
Coaches Console
Josh’s website
Josh’s LinkedIn

Guest: Josh Patrick
Host: Melinda Cohan
Producer: Cynthia Lamb 
Executive producer: Danny Iny
Scripted and assembled by: Michi Lantz 
Audio Post Supervisor: Evan Miles, Christopher Martin
Audio Post Production: Post Office Sound
Music soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely

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Music and SFX credits: 
Track Title: Clouds
Artist Name(s): Acreage
Writer Name: Marshall Usinger

Track Title: Coastline Dream
Artist Name(s): Wild Sky
Writer Name: Adam Simons

Track Title: Coo Coos
Artist Name(s): Dresden, The Flamingo
Writer Name: Matthew Wigton

Track Title: Stars & Trees
Artist Name(s): Outside The Sky
Writer Name: Dustin Ransom


Just Between Coaches

This show is like Oprah’s couch, where conversations cut straight to the heart of the topic, but... it’s only for coaches! Melinda Cohan of the Coaches Console explores the tough questions coaches face on a regular basis. With a new guest host each episode, Melinda provides tactical advice and strategies to address issues like “How do I deal with price resistance?” and “Should I fire my client?”