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Dare ask for help

“The strong don’t need to ask for help” is a mistaken and extremely damaging but widely-held belief that impedes productive collaboration. Seeking guidance and support from others makes you stronger and serves the common good. So, pluck up your courage and ask!

Are you still trying to single-handedly manage all aspects of increasingly complex projects, in an increasingly uncertain context that requires quick responses? You run the risk of mental overload and inefficiency – not to mention the possibility of making serious mistakes. The volume of information and data that you are expected to manage continues to grow at an exponential rate. You simply cannot do without other people! Knowing how to approach the right person for support at the right time is the basis of a successful collaboration.

But it is not an easy process. Requesting help is all too often seen as a sign of weakness, especially if you have learned to shoulder heavy responsibilities alone and are reluctant to add to the existing pressures faced by your colleagues. Now is the time to take a fresh look at your doubts and misgivings. In her book Reinforcements, author Heidi Grant explores how to ask for help in a positive, relaxed and non-coercive manner to obtain great results for all concerned.

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Marianne Gerard
Published by Marianne Gerard
Marianne graduated from HEC in 1998 and is now a freelance journalist specializing in management and higher education. What really fires her up is the human dimension and she is c taking a psychology course at Rennes 2 University.