Want Better Collaboration? Ask for Help


Professor Wayne Baker, in Harvard Business Review, shows five steps that make it easier to ask for help.

Business leaders can do something immediate that will improve cooperation and collaboration at no cost — ask for help.

Michigan Ross Professor Wayne Baker, in a Harvard Business Review article, says many are reluctant to ask for help because they feel it makes them look weak, or they wonder what people will want in return.

But Baker has five lessons on how to ask for help at work, and create a culture where asking for help is encouraged. It’s based on his research on reciprocity.


Ross Thought In Action By Wayne Baker
Wayne Baker

Wayne Baker

  • Robert P. Thome Professor of Management and Organizations
  • Professor of Sociology
  • Professor of Organizational Studies, LSA
  • Faculty Associate, Institute for Social Research
  • Faculty Director, Center for Positive Organizations