Do you have what you need?

By | August 16, 2014

This is my favorite expression.  Do you have what you need?

I usually ask it of at least 3-4 people a day. It’s simple, but clear. I believe it encapsulates the following thoughts:

  • “I am busy, but I want you to be successful.”
  • “Is there anything on your mind, you need to talk about?”
  • “Is there anything I can help you with now, or tomorrow?”
  • “I look forward to working with you

If this is what am known for professionally, I would be very proud. Making other people successful, and amplifying their good work. More assists like John Stockton.

Do you have what you need

Challenge: Before you leave the office on Friday, IM your boss, and ask them a simple question, “Do you have what you need? Anything you need before Monday?”

  • Yes, they need something, and it’s your chance to get them out of a bind
  • No, they don’t need anything, but know you want to be helpful and are committed

Afraid to ask that question of your boss or your team mates on a late Friday afternoon? A few things cross my mind, none of them good:

  1. You don’t particularly like your boss or team.  You harbor the fear of meaningless, and thankless work. Possible, but not a good sign of the work climate
  2. There is a ton of work, but there is a culture of avoiding work. Lack of accountability and a lack of reward for work. Also, not good,
  3. You are afraid that this simple question will spin off into personal discussion, and ineffective chit-chat, unrelated to work. Also, not good.

Do you have what you need?  Ask it. Be helpful. The majority of the time, people smile and say thanks for asking. Sometimes, they need some advice. Sometimes, there is something substantial you can help with. Always, you feel better for asking.

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2 thoughts on “Do you have what you need?

  1. JM

    “Challenge: Before you leave the office on Friday, IM your boss, and ask them a simple question, “Do you have what you need?  Anything you need before Monday?”” <== This can be a dangerous road to go down. The scope is too wide. It requires a good understanding of what your boss is usually looking for. In my org, my boss is usually looking for raw data and he's probably already entered a request. You send an email like that and you could be on hook or delivering. Never mind that the analyst have all gone home & there is a 24 hour turnaround time for data request. I think a better approach would be to narrow the scope to services you can offer. Need me to proof your deck? Need me to….(insert task I can do)

    1. consultantsmind Post author

      Perfectly fair comment. Be available, but set yourself up for success and those who lean on you. Reminds me of the perennial challenge and raison d’etre for consultants. . . scope control.

      Completely fair comment.

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