How to Clone Yourself and Grow Your Business

Business owners tell me:

  • "The business would grind to a halt without me."

  • "I'm running around like a Nebraska Prairie Chicken with its head cut off." (People get specific when they're frustrated!)

  • "I wish I could clone myself."

I tell them: You don't need to clone yourself. You need to complement yourself.

(Not compliment. I'll take care of that: Dear reader, I'm confident you're good-looking, intelligent, and have minty-fresh breath.)

How to complement yourself

You complement yourself with people who are great at and love doing the tasks you're doing now. Here's a 15-minute exercise to get started:

  1. Take a sheet of paper and divide it into four quadrants.

  2. Start at the upper left and label the quadrants, going clockwise: Love/Great, Like/Good, Don’t Like/Good, Don’t Like/Not Good

  3. Write at least three tasks/roles/millstones around your neck in each quadrant.

  4. Delegate and Elevate to an employee just one thing from the Don't Like/Not Good quadrant.

  5. Jump for joy, because you just permanently solved an issue frustrating you. (And jumping's good for your ticker.)

When you Delegate and Elevate, it’s a win-win for you and your people: You get full control of your time, and your employees rise to higher levels of responsibility and performance. You delegate; they elevate.

Sound easy? It's not, because every owner I've met has a long list of emotional and practical reasons she or he just. Can't. Delegate!

Right people, right seats

Full disclosure: Delegate and Elevate only works when you've put a solid Accountability Chart in place. When you've got the right people in the right seats, all of whom get, want, and have the capacity to do their five clear roles, delegation does get easier.

Stop dreaming: Nobody's got a cloning machine. But you have a complementing machine: Delegate and Elevate. Turn it on, and soon you'll be living the dream: Doing what you love and are great at.


Delegate and Elevate is part of the Entrepreneurial Operating System: A complete, proven system with simple tools that help you get three things we call vision, traction, and healthy.

  • Vision: Get leaders 100% on the same page with where you’re going and how to get there.

  • Traction: Work with leaders on discipline and accountability, to execute the vision.

  • Healthy: Build a healthy and cohesive Leadership Team.

From there, as goes your leadership team, so goes the rest of your organization. Your entire organization gets crystal-clear on your vision; much more disciplined and accountable in executing your vision; gains consistent traction; and moves forward shoulder to shoulder together as a healthy, functional, cohesive team.

Text or call me at (402) 202-2820 if any of this resonates with you. I’d love to show you and your leadership team how to get vision, traction, and healthy right away.