October 21, 2019

Practice the Positive No

“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.” – Proverbs 10:9 Today, I’m going to offer a third and final practical tip on how to become a person who can be truthful in all situations: practice the positive no.  The positive no is a concept that originated with William Ury, who wrote the book Getting to Yes, and it’s important for everyone, especially leaders. What it means is that anytime you are going to say “no” to something, you precede and follow it with a “yes” to keep it positive, kind of like a sandwich. For instance, if your boss asks you to work late on Friday night and you already have plans, although you intend to say “no,” you surround that negative with positives. You might respond by saying, “Yes, I’m happy to work extra hours, but I have plans to see

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