The million-dollar question is do you know how to find that right someone and is your relationship with them strong enough to request help? What compelling reasons can you provide someone in your network to set aside time to fulfill this request?
A powerful network used right can increase your capacity to offer help and in-turn can make your network more powerful.
You are, in effect, teaching them when to come to you for help. When you are operating in the areas of your strengths, fulfilling requests is relatively easy.
Teach them to fish: Even when you can solve the problem, it is best to spend some extra time to help the requester help himself or herself. Remember the old saying "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime"
In the next part, I will cover the art of receiving help.
Rajesh Setty currently serves as the president of Foresight Plus where he partners with select business leaders to provide them and their businesses unfair and sustainable competitive advantage.
Setty also serves on the boards of multiple privately-held companies in U.S. and India. Settys latest book
Setty also serves on the boards of multiple privately-held companies in U.S. and India. Settys latest bookBeyond Code (Foreword by Tom Peters) was published simultaneously in U.S. and India. Setty speaks and writes frequently on topics that include entrepreneurship, leadership and open source.