First, scroll down to see the comic and then come back.
Funny, isn't it? And yet, like so many Dilbert cartoons, it's oh so true.
We have Wally, who is a masterful No-Help Helper. Need help? Don't bother asking Wally.
Then we have the pointy-haired boss. He's a No-Help Helper, too. In this instance, he's actually a trifecta winner in the No-Help Helper Derby:
- He hasn't helped Alice - she's certainly not getting any help from Wally.
- He hasn't helped Wally - he's just given him another excuse for not finishing his own work.
- He hasn't helped the project - it's still where it was, and even more behind schedule.
(Better watch out Wally, the pointy-haired boss' No-Help Helping is making you look almost collaborative by comparison.)
And then there's Alice. In this instance, Alice is the least helpful No-Help Helper of the bunch. Look at her - she's just sitting there, not saying a word, not thinking a thought. She's her own worst enemy.
In situations like this, there are always at least 4 steps you can take:
- Work harder. (Who'd a thunk that Wally'd be such a sage?!)
- Think it through.
- Ask for help.
- Ask again.
Don't be your own worst enemy. Don't be your own worst No-Help Helper. Get your workweek off to a better start than that.
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