May 14, 2014 – This one was too good to pass up

Seth Godin shows up in my inbox every morning with a daily dose of wisdom. The post below came in yesterday and in light of our earlier conversations about “saying no”, I wanted to pay his blog post forward to you.  Thank you Mr. Godin!

If you believe that you must keep your promises, over-deliver and treat every commitment as though it’s an opportunity for a transformation, the only way you can do this is to turn down most opportunities.

No I can’t meet with you, no I can’t sell it to you at this price, no I can’t do this job justice, no I can’t come to your party, no I can’t help you. I’m sorry, but no, I can’t. Not if I want to do the very things that people value my work for.

No is the foundation that we can build our yes on.

To all of which I say yes!

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February 8, 2014 – Saying NO – Your Way

OK, my ego may be shattered by the likely prospect of getting zero or only a few replies, but what if I asked YOU to share YOUR “techniques”, aka ideas, on saying “no” to a superior at work. What has worked for you?

Just scroll down to the “Leave a Reply” box and type in your thoughts on this subject. I look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks.  I appreciate the opportunity to learn from you.

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February 7, 2014 – Saying NO – Technique #7 – And this time the answer really is…

…”NO”. Not “hell no”! Or “take this job and shove it no”! 

But saying “no” in such a way that you demonstrate you sincerely want to serve the best interests of the organization and the team.  Saying “no” by giving a rational explanation of why taking on one more project would create more problems than it would solve.  Saying “no” by understanding that saying “yes” would detract from excellence rather than result in it.  Saying “no” with a grateful heart and tone of voice reflecting that you are worthy of such confidence being placed in you. Saying “no” with a sincere apology, if needed.

May I say this please?  This is not just your job.  This is not even about your career necessarily.  We are talking about your life. And my hope (dare I say prayer?) is that you will find life and live it to the fullest.

Hey Pierce…Happy #7 birthday pal!

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