As women leaders, we struggle with saying no and we often hear the preaching that “NO” is a full sentence. I also think we need to be creative while saying yes. Here are some nuggets from the book “The Coaching Habit” by MBS.
A yes is nothing without a NO that gives it boundaries and form. The “No” puts the spotlight on how to create the space and focus, energy, and resources that you will need to truly do that Yes. Sometimes what gets us in trouble is how quickly we commit without fully understanding what we are saying yes to. Saying Yes more slowly means being willing to stay curious before committing. Staying curious means asking more clarifying questions before committing.