Audio: Just Say No [Time – 9:45, File Size – 9.3 MB]
In most of these Inspired Project Teams posts and podcasts, I’ve tried to focus on the positive. We’ve examined optimism, happiness, trusting your inner voice, embracing your work, joyfully taking risks, and generally saying “yes!” to the challenges you and your team face. However, while it might make sense for individuals to say “yes” to life as often as they can, there are critical moments when project teams have just gotta say “no!” Otherwise, your team could find itself swamped by chores that you never agreed to and that are not tied to the essential project deliverables.
As Stephen Covey says:
“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically, to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside. The enemy of the ‘best’ is often the ‘good.’” – Stephen Covey in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
Then there’s this from journalist Herbert Bayard Swope:
“I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.”
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