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Saturday 14 January 2012

In your company, can you ask for help? is it allowed to fail?

In our societies we value people for their maturity and ability to drive and manage their lives by themselves, freely and independently.

In the corporate world it's the same. People have objectives and guidelines. It's up to them to be motivated, organized and competent to deliver what is asked of them and get the results.

Few companies and individuals have a culture of collaboration and support.
If you often don't know, doubt and ask questions, your professionalism may quickly be at risk.
In the competitive business world you don't tend to show potential weaknesses or deficiencies to others by asking too many questions of running around for help. It may quickly put your credibility at risk.

Another crucial aspect: the right to fail.
n Latin cultures making mistakes is taboo and is considered as disastrous.

And it's a shame because mistakes can be fantastic opportunities for learning and improvement for all.
Accepting the possibility of failure brings fluidity and audacity to companies and avoids falling into paralysis.

Corporate cultures where it is acceptable to ask for help and to make mistakes create learning environments and increase efficiency because:
- Questions and doubts always bring understanding and clarity to all
- Sharing information and processes allows to identify best practices
- The right to fail opens up to flexibility, challenge and creativity.

But of course these cultural rules need to be applied with limits, within a framework, in a professional way.

Since I began working in change consulting and coaching, I use simple and very effective guidelines that for me combine the crucial human and business dimensions:

"You have the right not to know. It happens to all of us not to know.
If you need help, ask for it.
The error is allowed. It is acceptable to fail.
But it is forbidden to fail for not having asked for help. "

Simple, don't you think? What do you think?

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