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How to ask for help

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Do you want to change your work life for the better? Then utter these words: “I need your help, please.” While too many people feel that asking for help is a sign of weakness, doing so leads to collaboration, cooperation, teamwork and better ideation. Follow these rules to ask others for help:

  • Need—and want—the help. Make sure that you are prepared to heed the advice you are given and to accept the results of someone else’s work. If you ask for help and then don’t use it, people won’t be willing to help you later.
  • Find the right person to assist you. If you need advice, be sure that the person is equipped to offer you advice you can use. If you need help with an assignment, ask only those people with the skills and time to increase their workload.
  • Set boundaries. Don’t ask people to help you with trivial or menial tasks you can do on your own. Instead, seek assistance on meaningful tasks.

— Adapted from “This Sentence Will Change Your Life,” Duane Fernandez, www.inc.com.

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