26 Jul, 2019

How can I help you?

I’m on a mission!

A few weeks ago, a friend suggested I take a look at TV show New Amsterdam.

I’m not really into TV drama though I think he may have suggested it because he knew my Mum loves Casualty, so was pointing me at something else she might enjoy.

I gave it a go, however, and I was really struck my something. The new Medical Director, Max, walks around the hospital and asks a simple question. How Can I Help You?

So I started asking the same question and the results have been really exciting:

  • It has led to making new connections with people who want to change the world.
  • It has allowed me to make a difference to people around me.
  • It has given those I ask the opportunity to turn away from focusing on what is wrong and to, instead, ask for help which will take them forward.

Seeing how this simple but profound question can change things has really made me think. I asked one person and that led to them sharing the idea. That led  and that leading to other people asking for help and, in turn, also asking the question of others. This is how a movement is born.

Just imagine what this world would be like if every interaction we had started from the position of How Can I Help You? Is this the way we can move our world away from the mindset of What’s In It For Me?

So, now, I want to invite you to join my mission.

When you are with your team and they are discussing issues, ask them: How Can I Help You?

When you see a friend who is having a hard time, ask them: How Can I Help You?

When you are chatting to someone on the bus, ask: How Can I Help You?

Don’t be put off by the strange looks you may get to begin with. Just take the time to listen to the replies and remember: By seeking to help other people you are taking small steps to change the world.

How Can I Help You? If you would like to arrange a conversation with me to explore that question, head over to https://petecohen.com/coaching/ to find out more.

 

1 Comment

  1. Caroline

    Another great one coach, I always get a fab sense of reward from helping others. I need to remember this when asking for help.

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