Many situations we face in life and work can be overwhelming, frustrating, or stressful, and yet almost all can be resolved simply by reaching out to a colleague, friend, acquaintance, or wider network and making an ask. Further, these connections with others are vital for our mental and physical health and wellbeing. That’s why—in a time of social distancing—it’s more important now than ever before to be able to connect meaningfully in a virtual meeting or gathering.
Studies show that asking for help makes us better and less frustrated at our jobs. It helps us find new opportunities and new talent. It unlocks new ideas and solutions and enhances team performance. And it helps us get the things we need outside the workplace as well. And yet, we rarely give ourselves permission to ask. These circumstances have only been exacerbated by work's sudden shift to only virtual interactions, which have led to a decrease in productivity, employee well-being, and innovation.
Luckily, the research shows that asking—and getting—what we need is much easier than we think, even in a suddenly virtual world. On this webinar, Wayne Baker, author of All You Have to Do is Ask, highlights the learnings from his book and shares a few of the tools—used at companies like Google, GM, and IDEO—that individuals, teams, and leaders can use to make asking for help a personal and organizational habit, with an emphasis on how to use these tools in a virtual world. These include:
- SMART criteria for making an ask
- Team Tools that work virtually, face-to-face, or in a hybrid environment
- Crowdsourcing with technology, such as Givitas and other tools that allow people to tap into the giving power of a network.
- Practical recommendations to make meaningful connections during virtual meetings