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Twofer Tuesday: Letting Go & Saying No

Twofer Tuesday: Letting Go & Saying No

Letting go and saying no are two of the hardest things to do. Here are two articles that caught my eye this week. (See the link at the end to join the conversation on LinkedIn.)

The art of (really good) delegation

I can’t claim to be even half-way decent at this. Even with the best of intentions, my delegation process tends to be a passive-aggressive dump and run process that requires at a bare minimum black-belt mind reading from the poor person on the other end of the conversation.

That’s why this article struck a chord for me. Sure, it’s nominally about how to “on board” a new hire, so they get up to speed fast. But I think these suggested tactics work anywhere, and you could use them to reset your working relationships with those you rely on for help.

What would you add to the suggestions here?

Read: Stop Doing It All Yourself: How to Delegate When You’re Overwhelmed

More on the Art of Saying No

You’ve heard me go on about this before … but I’m not going to stop now. Learning how to say No is at the heart of doing more Great Work, and with it a happier, less overwhelming life.

This short article from Ed Batista gives some subtle insights about saying No. I think his comment on connecting with the emotional impact (on you, not them so much) is particularly powerful.

What strikes a chord here for you?
Read: Learning to Say No is Part of Success 


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