CHAPTER 3

Ask for Help—or Become Part of the Problem

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.”

—Chinese proverb

It’s not only okay to ask for help, but you must do so if needed. Moreover, you must communicate this message to your team members. Does this scenario sound familiar?

You are a member of a project. You might be the project manager or another project member. You have made commitments to completing project tasks. The overall success of the project is, in part, tied to you meeting your commitments. Your commitments are in jeopardy. What do you do? Do you continue on your current path, where you know you are not likely to meet your commitments of time, cost, or quality? Or do you ask for ...

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