In my last post we looked at cutting through red tape in order to deliver on schedule. This week we will take a look at a simple, yet difficult topic of looking beyond our own capabilities and tapping into the wealth of resources available to us. Said another way, asking for help from others can directly contribute delivering on-time.
Many professionals have the tendency to try to figure out everything themselves. This can be though of as an admirable, but limiting tendency. Many time, the professionals that seem to stand out and achieve the best results, are the people who leverage the knowledge and experience of others.
All this sounds great in theory, unfortunately we do not work in an perfect world. Thus, you may need to make some slight adjustments to my advice to take into account any specific political or other factors in your specific work environment. The main point is, there are people you can trust near by that have the information, knowledge, and connections to speed things along for your project. You just need to take 30 seconds to take a deep breath and notice who can help you achieve your mission on schedule.
Tip 5 – Solicit Help from Others
- Don’t try to do everything yourself. Just because you can do something better or faster than someone else doesn’t mean you should. There are things only you can do, and those are the most important for your to be spending your time on.
- Where can you get help to deliver on time? Take a few minutes to open your eyes and your mind to the resources available to you. You may be surprised.
- Keep focus on making progress. Regardless of everything else, keep things moving forward. Ask for help, but don’t wait for it.
“None of us is as smart as all of us.” -Ken Blanchard
Continue on to Delivering Projects on Schedule – Part 6, which fuses two concepts that most would never consider.