In the workplace, and in your personal life, when problematic situations occur, invite those affected to work with you on the solution. You don’t have to have all the answers. In fact, even if you know the answer, it’s better to involve others in co-creating solutions, especially if they have to live with the consequences of the change.

Most people appreciate being asked their opinion and enjoy having something juicy and interesting to work on. Those around you would be happy to brainstorm, share ideas, and contribute to a resolution. Furthermore, people buy-in more readily to solutions they’ve had a hand in developing. All it takes is making the request for help and being genuinely open to ideas other than your own.

Many of the people around you are ready, willing and able to lend their bright ideas and talents to helping you work through your challenging projects and thorny problems. Reach out and ask for help.

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