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Asking for Help in Times of Need

M. Nora Klaver


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Everyone hates asking for help. We’re afraid of seeming weak. We think it’s an admission of failure. We simply don’t know how. So instead we continue to struggle on alone with both day-to-day burdens and serious crises. But, as Nora Klaver shows, we make things much harder on ourselves by not reaching out. Through engaging, often humorous personal stories, Klaver examines why we don’t ask for help and shows how changing this counter-productive mindset can enrich us emotionally and spiritually, boost our confidence, and strengthen our relationships.

Mayday! details a 7-step process that takes the fear and intimidation out of asking for help. You’ll learn what to ask for, whom to ask, how to ask, and when and where to ask. Chock full of illustrative exercises and real-life examples, Mayday! empowers you to get the help you need and deserve both at work and in your personal life.

Praise For Mayday!: Asking for Help in Times of Need

"Mayday! takes a mature look at the challenge of asking for help, puncturing the philosophy of independence that can so often create feelings of isolation instead of strength. A most thought-provoking contribution."
—Caroline Myss, author of Entering the Castle and Anatomy of the Spirit

“Don't let your fears subconsciously derail your passions—reclaim your voice. Read Mayday! It's revolutionary!"
—Dr.Victoria Halsey, Vice President of Applied Learning, The Ken Blanchard Companies, and coauthor of The Hamster Revolution: How to Manage Your Email Before It Manages You

Mayday! Shows readers how to make the intimidating process of asking for help less daunting. In a conversational, inviting way, Klaver offers anecdotes and encouragement to show us how to ask for and let others help us when we need it. And, we all need it.”
—Susan Abrams, author of The New Success Rules for Women: 10 Surefire Strategies for Reaching Your Career Goals

Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 9781576754511, 232pp.

Publication Date: July 2, 2007

About the Author

M. Nora Klaver, MA, MCC, is a master coach with twenty years of experience guiding professionals in Fortune 500 companies. She is founder and president of INQ Inc., Coach- ing Through Inquiry, an executive coaching firm dedicated to capitalizing on individual skills and talents within work environments. Her corporate clients include leaders from Allstate Financial, NCR Corp., Leo Burnett, StarCom MediaVest, Hitachi Consulting, and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
Specializing in leadership and organizational development, Ms. Klaver has observed that CEO and office assistant alike share similar aspirations and fears. All want to be seen, heard, and given a chance to contribute. She finds particular satisfaction in assisting her clients to discover their own personal sources of wisdom.