Mahatma Gandhi said it best, “A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” In the workplace, there is a definite stigma associated with the word no. Perhaps it’s because we don’t want to look incompetent or like we’re not up to a task. Or, is it because it always feels better to please than to disappoint? Or maybe it’s because “no” is literally the most negative word in the book. Whatever the reason, it’s important to heed Gandhi’s advice and start trying to embrace “no.”
Check out this great article on the power of “no” on the LeadershipNow LeadingBlog for a little more perspective:
At Work, “Yes” is Great, but at Times “No” is Even Better
Do you try to avoid the word “No” at all costs? Let us know in the comments below.