• Stephen Olmon

Go Forth And Ask

When I consider what I learned from my father, one of the things that jumps out is "If you don't ask, the answer is always no." This lesson has served me immensely, and it applies to us all in various arenas.

The junior analyst should ask for more responsibility. Even if the manager says no, at least they are aware that you have an appetite for more and are willing to step up. It's an investment in your future at that company.

The CEO of an early stage company should ask for a strategic partnership with the more established company that has a wide reach. They may not agree to it, but they'll be watching. Who knows, you could even become an acquisition target for them.

The patriarch of a family-owned business should ask his child or a young leader he respects to join the company as he builds his succession plan. It may not work out, but those people may refer someone that guides the company for the next three decades.

When you step back and consider the worst case scenario, typically it becomes abundantly clear that you should make the ask. It might make you uncomfortable, but that's often what grows us.

So I'll make an ask - will you please share this article?