Passion for excellence, demand to meet numbers, slow progress, and fierce competition drive managers to step in and “help.”
Never help without asking, it’s meddling.
Ask first; ask often.
Don’t reserve, “How can I help?” for short-fall situations. It sends a message. They aren’t cutting the mustard.
Build supportive cultures by asking, “How can I help?” first and frequently. Ask when things are great.
Avoid, “Do you need help?”
“Do you need help?” is a yes or no question suggesting failure, distress, or weakness. “How can I help?” implies good will and collaboration.
What if they don’t know?
It’s your fault if they need help and don’t know it? Goals are fuzzy, deliverables are distant and obscure, feedback is rare, or reporting is sporadic. Clarify expectations up front. Ask, “How is your project going?” more often. Meddlers unexpectedly intervene in the middle.
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