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As part of our maddjett Christmas party we participated in Nashville’s The Escape Game. If you haven’t experienced it, GO. It’s an amazing exercise for team building and personal growth, and it is so much fun. As go-getters, you can probably imagine how competitive the maddjett team is. We like to win.

The basic premise of The Escape Game is that you are locked into a room as a group with the task of breaking out, using only the clues and resources within the room. You have 60 minutes to “escape” or you lose.  Teamwork comes into play as you spread out to find clues and work together to decipher their meanings. (Without giving too much away, in our game we actually started in two separate rooms and needed to yell back and forth to each other as we each had different halves of information that formed whole clues).

The game host allows you to ask for a clue up to three times without being penalized. These clues can point you to a different part of the room, or prompt you to rethink a clue you had previously overlooked. Speaking personally here, it’s hard to ask for help. Coming from a corporate sales background, I have experienced a “dog eat dog” world where asking for help is often interpreted as weakness. As I learn more about vulnerability in the workplace (I am sure I will write future blog posts about this), I realize that the humility it takes to ask for help can actually be a great strength.

We escaped the room with time to spare, but probably wouldn’t have without utilizing our three clues. It actually made it more fun as the revelations propelled the game forward.

I realized that in life, asking for help doesn’t just benefit yourself. If you are running point on a project or leading a team, not asking for help can stunt the team’s level of clarification and vision and therefore take away their ability to put out the absolute best work.

Is it hard for you to ask for help? Make it a goal this year to simply ask for help. You might be amazed at the insights, ideas and pathways that it unlocks.