Giving and Getting Help - Part 1 - Page 2

Sep 25, 2006

Rajesh Setty

Leverage your network: It may take you a few hours to fulfill a request but the same request may be fulfilled by someone in your network within minutes.

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.

Teach people to get the most out of you: Your behavior is always sending a message to other people. You are constantly teaching others how to treat you. You can also make a conscious effort to teach others how to get the most out of you by letting people know where your strengths are.

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. Setty’s latest book Beyond 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.

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