the most important word you'll say today
might just be ‘no’.
many are lauded for their ‘go-get-em’ attitude. “he’s a hard charger!” we love when people say, “yes, i’ll do that thing”, especially when it’s something no one else wants to do because ‘yes’ makes everything go smoothly.
yes, i’ll be there.
yes, i’ll check that.
yes, i’ll take the point on this one.
but sometimes our best work requires us to say “no” instead. to speak up and be the voice of reason. to intentionally slow down the pace of the day-to-day to cause people to think. to push back against an idea which would take the team too far down the wrong path.
to focus on doing the right thing instead of the easy thing.