Unfortunately, many of us do. We are afraid to ask for help or clarification of a project. We won’t ask for directions on how to get to a meeting. We don’t plan or prepare for meetings, rationalizing we are too busy. After a networking meeting, we don’t take the two minutes to connect via email or LinkedIn. These lost opportunities cost companies millions!
A true story! When someone was late for a meeting due to lack of planning on where the restaurant was located, they simply gave up. They didn’t use technology (411 (directory assistant), GPS, or MapQuest). The restaurant was only 2 miles away!
Question: Would you work with someone who gave up so easily? What opportunities did they lose out on?
Answer: We’ll never know!
1) Get in action. Stop rationalizing why you don’t want to! It takes the same amount of energy! When we ask for advice, we look competent when wishing to resolve an issue, move forward to complete a stopped project, or ask for directions. Following through sets us apart from our competition.
2) Ask the right questions up front, and then focus on those specifics. Working smarter means asking for clarification at the beginning. It takes less than two minutes to ask a question, and saves mega time, money and frustration in doing unnecessary work. What needs to happen for this project to be completed on time and within budget while achieving the necessary results? Yes, the response may take 20 minutes. (Hint: 20 minutes now vs. 20 hours later)
3) Plan ahead for 100% success. Plan for breakdowns and pitfalls, they are a reality. When they do happen, do not allow them to stop you. That is what speed dial and social media connections are for! Don’t be afraid to use technology, ask people, meet with advisors and review your own systems for the answers. Taking the two minutes or driving the two miles will make you unstoppable, and have you create unprecedented results!
(c)Jeannette Seibly, 2010