Wise decision-making is a core function of leadership. Your job as a leader is to keep the main thing, the main thing. How do you achieve that goal knowing that there are times when everything seems like a good idea, everything seems important, achievable, a good decision.
People come to you with their ideas, their visions, their sales pitches pulling you in the direction of what is in the best interest of what they want. What do you do? If you’re a wise leader, you practice the art of saying “no.”
It’s complicated. Just saying no is not as easy as it sounds. A leader comes prepared with strategic thinking skills that lead to a successful “no”, while continuing to keep the focus on the “yes” to the things that are most important. A strategic “no” determines the clarity of what you can do. Steve Jobs knew why when he said, “It come from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track, or try to do too much. We’re always thinking about new markets we could enter, but it is only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.”
A successful leader knows how to manage current commitments, obligations, and expectations, while always keeping an entrepreneurial eye open for new opportunities. The leader is skilled at focusing on the main thing by saying no, while still maintaining positive business relationships, and keeping doors open for future opportunities. Here are a few strategies to keep in mind when honing your skills at saying no.
Dr. Mary C. McDonald, a National Education Consultant, can be reached at 901-574-2956 or mcd-partners.com
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