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Good Career Move – The Importance of Saying ‘No’

October 14, 2020 1:24 pm Published by

It’s easy to feel pressured into a ‘yes’ or a ‘maybe’. But although it can seem counterproductive, knowing the right time to say ‘no’ at work can be a good career move.

Here are some times when the right answer is definitely, unequivocally and with no apologies ‘no’:

  1. When you can’t fulfil the promise – if you know you can’t deliver on what you’re being asked to do, you need to be honest to avoid a messy, painful situation further down the line.
  2. When it conflicts with your values – sometimes workplaces can ask you to do something you’re personally uncomfortable with. Say ‘no’ otherwise you’re setting a precedent you can’t easily go back on later.
  3. When you fundamentally disagree – challenge decisions you think are questionable or wrong. It doesn’t mean you should insist you are right, but questioning ideas helps everyone understand different points of view.

Personally, I always lean towards saying ‘yes’ and diving into the opportunities it offers. But I’ve learned over the years there’s a value in saying ‘no’ too. If you know it’s going to do you harm. Remember, you need to look after your best interests, even if that clashes with someone else’s.

Related: The Elevator Pitch.

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This post was written by rubenwilde

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