What I want to talk about in this post is, from a leadership pony of view, it really does take courage to say "yes", especially to a new idea. “Definitely not,” is quicker, simpler, and easier than, saying, “Tell me more.” But, a quick “no” devalues and deflates teammates.
Some of the reasons that leaders are constantly saying "no" include:
- They think that it makes them look weak when they say "yes" too often.
- They prefer the "safety" of the state-quo. This is another way of saying they are afraid of change, or at least it makes them uncomfortable.
- They haven’t clearly articulated mission and vision. Off-the-wall suggestions indicate the people in the ranks don’t see the big picture.
Here are 8 questions to yes:
- What are you trying to accomplish?
- How does this align with mission or vision?
- Who does this idea impact? How?
- How will this impact what we are currently doing?
- What resources are required to pull this off?
- How does this move us toward simplicity and clarity? But, remember new ideas often feel complex at first.
- Is a test-run appropriate?
- How will we determine success or failure?
So, are you a leader that says "yes"?