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Thought Leaders Summit for Business Entrepreneurs
Submitted by Leslie Allan on June 30th, 2010
Today I led a discussion around outsourcing and delegation at the Melbourne Thought Leaders Summit. Unlike the usual summit in which you passively go to hear people exude their wisdom, my good friends at this summit used a radically different approach. They used what is called open space technology. With this approach, at the start of the summit, delegates nominate on flip chart paper their most burning issues. Other delegates then vote on which discussions they are interested in attending. On the basis of which subjects get the most interest, the summit organizers make up a schedule of parallel sessions. Delegates are then free to move from session to session as their interests dictate. This is social learning at its best.
The discussion I led on the subject of how to effectively source and delegate work to people outside the business touched a nerve with the audience. Entrepreneurs and small business owners especially grapple with this issue. As the business grows, they find that they can no longer do everything, nor are they an expert on everything. How do you source reliable help at a price you can afford? Please share your experiences here so that we can all learn from each other.