HELP! How to Courageously Ask for Help and Pay it Forward
In the words of The Beatles, we get by with a little help from our friends.
In "The Wizard of Oz", Dorothy, The Tinman, The Scarecrow and The Cowardly Lion all found themselves in a position where they needed to ask for help, and asking one another felt less dangerous because they were all seeking something. But once they get to Emerald City, things aren’t quite so easy. In fact, the Wicked Witch (who you may or may not know thanks to Wicked was highly misunderstood) tried to scare all of them into backpedaling and giving into fear. Instead, they carry on, protecting one another, because there’s strength and support in numbers.
How often do we allow ourselves to not ask for help because those supportive figures might not feel real enough? Are we afraid of sounding stupid, being embarrassed, or even worse, being judged by others for something they think you should know?
Additionally, think about the space you share with others. Is asking questions encouraged? Do people on your team feel like you’ve helped create a space for them to continue to grow? We weave these stories for ourselves - sometimes they’re fact and sometimes they’re fiction. The bottom line is this: if we want to be successful collaboratively we need to go beyond expecting people to ask questions - we need to want it for the greater good.
Join us for 90 minutes as we delve into how building psychologically safe spaces means we need to be both be unafraid to communicate when there’s something we don’t know, and to encourage others who need to find answers. With so many of us hopping in and out of Zoom calls we might not have the chance to tag someone in the hallway to ask a question or start a conversation. We’ll share some concrete takeaways for you and your team to start experimenting with building that voice.
This is 2 of a 4-part Community Chat series on Modern Psychological Safety by Industrial Logic. Attend one, attend them all - each chat is designed to both stand alone in terms of content and also integrate with one another. Our series includes actionable practices to enable trust over fear within ourselves, our teams, and our organizations.
Please join us for our upcoming Modern Psychological Safety Community Chats:
Dec. 8 (Wed) - Inclusion and Diversity
Jan. 12 (Wed) - Openness to Conversation
This is a free community IL event! The purpose of these events is to have folks connect with one another on topics that impact us all help us expand the conversation into the greater community.