Helping as an overreaching concept

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I am reading Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help, by Edgar H. Schein (a book I wrote about in the past). An interesting quote:

… helping is intrinsic to all forms of organizations and work, because, by definition, we organize because we cannot do the whole job ourselves. Hired help truly refers not only to servants and caretakers, but applies equally to all organizational employees hired to do specific job that we cannot do ourselves. Fulfilling one’s duties in a job is, therefore, also a routine way in which we help.

I find this perspective brilliant.

When you go to work every day, do you ask yourselves – who am I helping today? When you explain to an employee what do you expect of him, do you phrase it in a way that makes him understand who and how is he helping? When you are trying to convey to your team a sense of purpose, do you focus on the help the team is giving to someone else – customers, employees, management?

More than everything, looking at our work as a continuum of helping means that we approach work with an attitude of partnership where everybody is focused on the relationships.

Is my writing helpful? How are you going to use it to help others?

Elad

Helping as an overreaching concept

Photo by D3 San Francisco

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I am reading Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help, by Edgar H. Schein (which I wrote about in the past once). An interesting quote:

… helping is intrinsic to all forms of organizations and work, because, by definition, we organize because we cannot do the whole job ourselves. Hired help truly refers not only to servants and caretakers, but applies equally to all organizational employees hired to do specific job that we cannot do ourselves. Fulfilling one’s duties in a job is, therefore, also a routine way in which we help

I find this perspective brilliant.

When you go to work every day, do you ask yourselves – who am I helping today? When you explain to an employee what do you except of him, do you phrase it in a way that makes him understand who is he helping? When you are trying to convey to your team a sense of purpose, do you focus on the help you are giving to someone else – customers, employees, management?

More than everything, looking at our work as a continuum of helping means that we approach work with an attitude of partnership where everybody is focused on the relationships.

Is my writing helpful? How are you going to use it to help others?

Elad

Edgar Schein, help, partnership, relationship, purpose

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2 Responses to “Helping as an overreaching concept”

  1. Rishi Sahgal Says:

    Hmm. Interesting. I think I will now help myself to a cap with 1.

  2. sherfelad Says:

    Yes. You should do that Rishi!


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