Book review of “All You Have to Do Is Ask – How to Master the Most Important Skill for Success” By Wayne Baker. Baker has published numerous scholarly papers, four books, and articles appearing in Harvard Business Review, Chief Executive magazine, and MIT Sloan Management Review.
In their words “Studies show that asking for help makes us better and less frustrated at our jobs. It helps us find new opportunities and new talent. It unlocks new ideas and solutions, and enhances team performance.”
Baker states: “… eight main reasons why we won’t give ourselves permission to ask for things we need.”
1. Don’t underestimate people’s willingness to help
2. Don’t over-rely on self-reliance
3. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness
4. Some workplaces have negative consequences for asking for help
5. Organizational systems, procedures, or structure might get in the way
6. Don’t get stumped on not knowing what to request or how to request it
7. Don’t fear you haven’t earned the right to ask for help
8. Don’t be afraid of looking selfish by asking for help
Baker goes into great detail on the toolkit he used at Google, GM, and IDEO to help teams succeed.
The book “All You Have to Do Is Ask” By Wayne Baker gets my thumbs up!
Soooo… DBA colleagues, stop living in your turtle shell (I did too!) and start asking some questions when you need something. Right?
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