Your help can sometimes be an unwelcome gesture.
I was reminded of this simple truth recently…
In an attempt to be supportive, I gave tips and pointers to a colleague. Unfortunately, my good intentions were interpreted as a lack of trust in their ability, which was absolutely not the case. A thorough discussion cleared the situation and I realised I should have asked them whether they wanted my help in the first place.
So here’s a basic, but golden rule: offer rather than give!