Desperate times call for desperate measures. And what is more desperate than begging?
Although getting on your knees and crying will most likely not win you favor with coworkers and managers, a little begging might work to show someone that you really need them to do something.
Begging can be subtle, like going the more playful route of “Please… Pretty please… Pretty please with sugar on top…” Or, it can be more urgent and imploring, like, “I beg of you, please stop saying that!”
It is important for your dignity that you escalate your request with increasing urgency without sounding desperate; that assumes, of course, that maintaining your dignity is more important than getting the point across. For the sake of your reputation and relationships, use this method of influence sparingly.
When it comes to your change initiative, what would you be willing to beg for?
(Originally listed in Everyday Influence Tactics Not Found in Leadership Books.)
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