This is a monthly electronic magazine for anyone who wants to be a better leader, coach, facilitator, or simply, to tune up their people skills. It is a complimentary publication, devoted to the next evolution of Quality Thinking.
Publisher: © Key Associates, LLC, 2009 ISSN # 1545-8873
“Keep the main thing the main thing.” — Corporate Mantra
“He who sows peas on the highway does not get all his pods in the barn.” — Greek Proverb
“No, naw, nope, nah, nay, nix, no more, nothing doing.” — Synonyms for No
“To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” — Elbert Hubbard
“Let your yes be a clear yes, and your no, no. All else spells trouble.” — Jesus of Nazareth
Here are two terms that have largely disappeared: “workaholism” and “assertiveness.” Both are relevant to a current subject, the inability to say “No.” A leader’s role can be replete with deadlines, details, many meetings, and requests for your time coming from every direction. Leaders can become overcommitted, overwhelmed, overworked and under pressure. It is easy to get sucked into non-priorities.
When you say “No,” you are sending a strong message that you value your time, you know your priorities, and you have set your boundaries. If you don’t say this simple word when you want to say it, you will lose control of your life (Bolton. p. 1986).
Say “Yes” to the right things. Stick to your plan.
Exercises And Action Items:
Learn how to relieve stress by saying No, from the Mayo Clinic: When and how to say no.
Twenty ways to say No with appropriate phraseology: 20 Ways To Say No.
Key Associates offers Leadership Training in Time Management, Planning and Prioritizing, Delegation, Dealing with Difficult People, and Managing Stress. Contact us for more information.
Rearranging your mental furniture about saying No: How to Say No.
Additional tips on how to say No: The Power of Saying “No”.
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