I've probably mentioned before that I'm not very good at asking for help. I tend to have a I'll-do-it attitude towards things which is great... but two heads are always better than one. I will admit to being stubborn generally as a person in this regard but it's definitely something I'm working on, especially since I know I can't do it all. However, what I'm still learning is how to ask for help then. I often know what needs to get done but how do I know how others can help, especially when I'm not always sure as to what they can do?
I say this because I just went to a check-in meeting on AJ's behalf with the DMZ. The check-in also serves as a chance for them to find out how they can help us, since they're very much invested in our success. I had already talked to AJ about what updates to give them, since we've made some wonderful progress recently, and so I gave those updates happily.
Yet I was stumped when they asked me what they could do for us. I answered it with, "at this point, our main challenge is really an opportunity that we're just waiting to hear back on". But I know there must be something that they could do... right?
Though AJ will confirm that one later for me when I talk to her on Monday about how it went, here's one thing I will definitely start doing with all my projects and meetings:
Write out what I want help with -- even if I'm not completely sure if the other person can do it.
See, I did this for our content strategy too and though it took me a few extra minutes more than I anticipated, I had it clearly and precisely in writing - which is exactly what I needed to know and clarify for myself, before I could get anyone else involved.
And if they can't help me, at least I'm a lot clearer on what I need - which is the first step in admitting I can't do it all.