Are You Saying Yes Strategically?

Are You Saying Yes Strategically?

If you don't feel centered, energized, and purposeful in your work, you will not be able to lead, inspire, or influence anyone.

Part of being able to support this is the ability to have some discernment on what tasks you decide to take on, what you say yes to.

Are you able to honor your own responsibilities?
Sometimes, we are proud of taking on tasks for others, even if we shouldn't, because we're known as the problem solver. Soon, this becomes our role and while it serves us for part of our career, we must manage it before it becomes a hinderance. It's time to think before our default 'yes' response, "Should I really be spending my or my team's time and effort on this?"

Seeing past the thrill of saying yes
We get a rush of excitement when we say yes, it truly feels great to be asked. If this habit goes unchecked, we become overwhelmed and our team is frustrated because they are not able to focus on their priorities. The role of problem solver turns into the problem. 

You don't have to say no all the time, but you do have to say yes more thoughtfully, more strategically.
Give them a resource, point them in the right direction, or even say yes if it's the right thing. 

Watch this week's video to learn how saying yes automatically is a disservice to you and others, and the 3 steps to take to move from automatically saying yes, to saying yes strategically.