TRIPLE III TIME: Asking For Help?
The issue/question of when to ask for help in a professional setting…isn’t always as clear-cut as one would think. All of the standard question elements quickly become part of the challenge:
- Who do I ask?
- When is a good time?
- How do I phrase the request?
- What specifically do I need help with?
- Why can’t I do it myself?
And all of these questions are appropriate and relevant…but shouldn’t there be guidelines when you are considering Asking For Help? Well although I am guilty of often taking the “I will do it myself!” approach…here is a fun TOP 10 list of thoughts that may help:
- Don’t worry because there is never a perfect answer or solution…and asking for help is always knowledge building.
- Don’t worry if the process/answer takes longer…a better solution is worth the wait.
- Don’t worry that someone may view it as a sign of weakness…professionally asking for help is a sign of strength.
- Don’t fall into the “Never mind I will do it myself!” syndrome…because no on goes it progressively alone.
- Don’t worry that the issue/challenge might be delegated to someone else…sometimes there is more to the decision than you know.
- Don’t be afraid that someone might know more than you about the topic…that is reality.
- Don’t worry when you might be bothering someone with your request…true professionals understand the value of asking for help.
- Don’t worry when the answer/solution is not what you wanted …flexibility/adaptability builds character.
- Don’t underestimate the idea generating power of asking for help…two or three brains are better than one.
- Finally, don’t forget how great you feel when someone asks for YOUR help!