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When do you step in, and why?by dws (Chancellor)
|on Jul 19, 2002 at 19:34 UTC||Need Help??|
Imagine that a good friend of yours has taken on a project that is beyond their capabilities. Maybe not too far beyond, but enough so that they're floundering. You're watching them flounder, and you can see that they're in further over their head than they themselves believe.
At what point do you step in?
At what point to you offer advice? At what point do you insist on pushing advice on them? At what point do grab they keyboard?
The answer is probably "it depends," so let's consider a range of scenarios:
The Personal Learning Project that your friend has taken on to learn a new technology. Nobody other than the two of you know about the project.These present a sliding range of consequences to you, from none to possibly severe.
When do you step in, how far do you step in, and why?
I'm facing one of these issues with a friend now, and am suspicious of my initial reaction.