Samir’s Selection 03/23/2015 (p.m.)
Asking for Advice Makes You Seem More Competent
Most people assume that asking for advice will make others think poorly of them. But if you’re facing a difficult task, the person you ask will think better of you, not worse, say Alison Wood Brooks and Francesca Gino of Harvard Business School and Maurice E. Schweitzer of The Wharton School. The very act of seeking help conveys a certain wisdom; moreover, people with knowledge to share think highly of anyone who goes to them for advice, the researchers say.”We demonstrate that individuals perceive those who seek advice as more competent than those who do not seek advice. This effect is moderated by task difficulty, advisor egocentrism, and advisor expertise. Individuals perceive those who seek advice as more competent when — the task is difficult than when it is easy, — when people seek advice from them personally than when they seek advice from others, and — when people seek advice from experts than from non-experts or not at all.”
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