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Friday, July 15, 2005

Yes, Yes, Yes. No.

Are you surrounded by "yes" men and women? They say "yes" to everything you say, and they never disagree.

Howard Hendricks says that a good teacher needs to be F.A.T., faithful, available, and teachable. Same goes for leaders. And if you are going to be teachable, i.e., learn anything, from the people you lead, you'll learn more from people who learn to say more than "yes" all the time.

I found this subject discussed in an brief article on Leadership Wired:

If the most common answer you get from your people is "yes," you may not be getting all the information you need to assess business ideas accurately and make critical decisions, according to Michael Roberto, Harvard Business School professor and author of Why Great Leaders Don't Take Yes for an Answer: Managing Conflict and Consensus.

read the rest of the article on Leadership Wired

What do you think?


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