Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 10/30/17
Some people default to asking for help instead of thinking things through. When you do the latter, you learn. When you do the former repeatedly, you’re co-dependent, especially when you’re asking the same question over and over. That indicates there is no integration of learning.
I ask people I coach to tell me how they’d do something and then I’ll critique it. I don’t give them my resolution when they merely ask me how to do it. If I enable that, peoples’ brains seem to atrophy.
I’ve been asked questions such as “What time does your 9 am meeting start?” That’s simply oblivious. But I’ve also been asked, “With whom should I network at a major event?” Well, you tell me. (Probably people with money who would be willing to pay for your value would be a rough guess!)
There are such things as stupid questions, just as it’s also true that the customer IS NOT always right. You help no one when you continue to do things for them when they are perfectly capable of doing it themselves, including thinking.
Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer. —William S. Burroughs
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