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The Art of Asking for (and Getting) Help

The Art of Asking for (and Getting) Help

Update: 2019-12-1726
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Wayne Baker, professor at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, has spent much of his career researching the best way to effectively ask for help at work. Whether you're soliciting support on a tricky assignment or more resources for your team, it can feel uncomfortable to approach bosses and colleagues with hat in hand. But we rarely get what we need or want without asking for it. Baker highlights some of the most effective strategies for defining your goal, figuring out who to ask, and crafting your message so it will be positively received. He is also the author of the book “All You Have to Do Is Ask: How to Master the Most Important Skill for Success.”
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Kasey Schick Harris

I'd like to add another possible reasons for someone not asking for help. As a mid level manager, I occasionally get feedback to ask for help more often. But as a kinesthetic learner, I often don't know what to ask for help for. I jump in and start something without knowing what I will need help with until I'm there. So being able to ask for help in advance, is sometimes a challenge. If I anticipate it bring a large project, I'll spend the time to identify areas I may need help with though.

Feb 26th
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Ravi Thatté

Excellent, easy to use, game changing idea.

Feb 25th
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Rick Johnson

Nice refresher on not being afraid to ask for assistance.

Dec 26th
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The Art of Asking for (and Getting) Help

The Art of Asking for (and Getting) Help