“No” is never an acceptable answer.

9 07 2015

Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect. ~ Steven Wright

I’m going to have a real hard time coming up with some leadership wisdom to pull from this quote.  That being said, it made me laugh out loud, and why should I deny you folks the opportunity of a good laugh at the beginning of your workday.

And now, to stretch the quote into something salvagable… Despite the potential threat of death, be curious in the workplace J.  Ask your leader the WHY behind changes in process or the decisions being made.  As a leader yourself, take the time to explain the thinking behind your own decisions, so your team can get behind you.  As always, when you can say Yes to a request from your team, do so.  “No” is never an acceptable answer for any of my leaders to give.  That being said, “No, and here’s why…” is an awesome answer when you can’t say yes.

Speaking of being a suspect…


Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com




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