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Yes Is An Accelerant

Posted in Educational Leadership, Global Leadership, Leadership, Leadership Development, Yes by Dr. Byron L. Ernest on August 3, 2021

I finished Great Circle, by Maggie Shipstead yesterday, but you are probably going see posts continuing to pop up that are inspired by this great book. Another great quote from the book that I put in my notes was “Yes is easier than no. Yes is an accelerant.” This is so true. Think about that last wild and crazy idea you had. Now, recall the feeling of excitement you had when you heard “yes” to making it so. Just the other day I pitched an idea to a potential client and the answer of “yes” came back with some great ideas of how to make it an even more impactful opportunity for those I would serve. The “yes” served as the gasoline (accelerant) to get me all fired up (pun intended) to get to work and put together some really cool stuff.

Using the accelerant of “yes” or “yes, and” can help make you and your people more engaged, effective, and efficient. A simple “yes” can also bring about an urgency to act. So don’t miss an opportunity for new, smarter, and more aggressive ideas that will take your organization to new heights. Finally, don’t forget to say yes to yourself.