As a manager, I rely on the effort of others to complete my projects. I encounter the same situation on the board of directors and as a youth group leader.
My success is dependent on the willingness of others, some of whom are volunteers, to contribute a small piece to the big puzzle.
Over the years, I have learned the secret of getting others to help me. The secret is that you need to know exactly what you need before you summon someone for help.
“Can you please review my executive presentation for spelling mistakes?” is better than “Can you help me with my presentation?” “Please introduce me to a senior manager at XYZ Company” is easier to achieve than “Help me get a job.” Others will be more inclined to say yes if your request is well-defined and time-constrained.