Congratulations to the
finalists for the 2015 Glenn Shepard Leadership Award:
West Texas Food Bank
North Chicago, IL
University of Louisville
Bloomington Chamber of Commerce
Lighthouse Christian School
If you want
to put yourself on the fast track to promotions and raises, ask
your boss this simple but unbelievably powerful question:
“What can I do to help?”
The employee who does this comes out miles ahead of the one who
is always willing to help, but only does so when asked. See for
yourself how well this works by walking into your boss’s office
right now and using these six magically powerful words.
This is about far more than taking initiative. Taking initiative
means doing what needs to be done without being asked to do so.
That can only occur when the need has already made itself known.
This is about you offering to
help before you even know a need
exists. A run of the mill employee may accomplish just as much
as a highly valued employee. Asking your boss how you can help
before he or she asks you makes the
distinction between the two.
Imagine that you’re competing against two other contestants for
a $1,000,000 grand prize on “Jeopardy”. Host Alex Trebek says,
“This is the highest earning rock band in history.” You reach
for the button, but the player next to you hits his first and
exclaims, “Who are The Rolling Stones?” You knew the answer, but
lost $1,000,000 because someone else beat you to the button.
Think of your job in the same way, and beat your boss to the
One benefit of offering
to help before you’re asked is that you’ll still benefit even
when there’s nothing for you to do.
And when there’s work to be done and you end up doing more, the
rewards will be substantial over your years with the company.
Asking what you can do to help does three things:
the work done
2. Takes a task off your boss’s plate
Communicates to your boss that you’re more than a good worker.
You’re a great asset to your company.
To Your Success,
If you’re a manager, share this article with your employees and
see how many take the initiative to ask you the question. It’s
about as close as you can get to handing someone success on a
silver platter, but it’s baffling how some people still won’t
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