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Ask (Collective Next Card #37)

Ask Collective Next Card

This is one of a series of posts we're running about the Collective Next Cards.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make in business or in life is to assume what someone will think about what you're going to say or do without making sure. When you assume, after all, as Felix Unger once said (well, shouted) ...

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When you're a manager, asking your team is a gift. It shows you recognize that even though you are in charge of the team, you understand that you're part of it as well.

When you're a team member, asking your fellow members and manager shows that you're motivated, you're committed, and you're interested in sharing the glory, not keeping it all yourself.

It's become a business truism that asking for forgiveness is more effective than asking for permission. Yes, sometimes it makes sense to act first. But we've seen that the earlier you pull someone in to your idea, the earlier you turn a "me" into a "we," the more likely you'll succeed -- and the more likely everyone around you will feel that they're succeeding.

 

What We're Reading at Collective Next

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We believe you can tell a lot about an organization by what its people are reading. It's been a while since we shared our work-related reading, so here's some of what we've got on our night tables and ebook readers this week.

Feed the Animals (Collective Next Card #61)

Feed the Animals Collective Next card

This is one of a series of posts we're running about the Collective Next Cards.