I’m often surprised to find out that the people I work with have set off on a project to do something or other that I could have helped make easier for them. When I mention that I could have helped, they look dumbfoundedly at me as if I was speaking a foreign language. We pigeon-hole the people around us so much that we don’t even consider whether they can help us with things that are very nearly related to what we know they can do.
It’s my nature to try to find my share of the fault with a problem. As I look at this, it seems that my piece is that I don’t point out all of the things I do for others that they don’t know about. Do you find the same to be true for you? Are you doing things for people that they don’t realize you do for them?