Afraid to Ask for Directions?

directions 1Have you ever been lost?  Pretty much everyone can answer yes to that question.

How long were you lost?

Did you begin to panic and lose all sense of direction?

How long did you wait before you asked for directions?

When you finally did ask for directions, did you get upset with yourself for not asking sooner?

Think about it.  As a business owner you know that time is a very precious commodity.  Continuously going in circles or in the wrong direction and not reaching your destination/goals can cost you both time and money.

It can also put you way behind schedule.  Can you ever recover lost time?

Experienced business owners will tell you that they have been lost before and that they don’t know everything.  In the best interest of the business and also for their own sanity, they do have to ask for directions. There is nothing wrong with asking for help in order to complete a task or reach a destination.

Are you afraid to ask for directions?

If you are it could be that you are afraid the other person might say no or provide you with answers you don’t want to hear.  This is where it is important to align yourself with the right people who are trustworthy and share common goals.  They themselves can see the importance of collaboration.

To make sure that you are comfortable asking for directions, set some limits before you ask.  Make sure the other person knows that whatever is discussed is private and confidential.

When you align yourself with the right people you will stop wasting your precious time.  It will be like having an expert network available at your fingertips.  Choose carefully by defining what strengths are available to you within your alliance group.  Know how you can approach them and what topics can be discussed.  Make sure that you are available to others as well because support through this type of arrangement can lead to strong networks that will be there through thick and thin. Align yourself with the Halton Region’s Small Business Centre.  We are here to help you work towards gaining success in your business.  One of the goals of the Centre is to empower small and medium-sized enterprises and give you the tools to achieve success. For more information about Halton Region’s Small Business Centre resources, services, including our Access to Professionals program, and how we can help direct you to the right resources, contact us by dialing 311, 1-866-442-5866, online at www.haltonsmallbusiness.ca, smallbusiness@halton.ca or visit us at 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville.  Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/haltonecdev.

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