What do you need to say “hell no” to in the new year?

There are times in your career you have to say “YES” to an awful lot to get where you need or want to be. If you’re fairly new in your career or coming into a new organization, you’re going to say “YES” a whole lot more than you’re going to say no while you build a foundation and gain perspective.

A time comes, however, when NO is the word that should be said more than YES.

Just before the year ended, I facilitated my final credit union strategic planning session before pausing for the holiday break. This credit union had one very big initiative, and the CEO and board are always taking on a lot. As we all locked in agreement on goals and direction for the new year, I asked a question that sucked the air out of the room.

“What could hold us back from accomplishing these things next year?”


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