Why always a “YES” is big NO NO

Why always a “YES ” is big NO NO –  


To become a good Leader, I always choose to read Leadership articles and books. Few days ago I read an article which said – people who keep silent, those who always say “YES BOSS” have high chances to grow in an organization than people who talk their mind or try to put across their point of view.

I started to think is that what management looks for people who accept whatever is said.

Does this work for me also?

The answer was “NO”.

How can I take a good decision if, there will not be a discussion or if I am not getting any inputs from my team members.

Imagine a scenario – where I call upon my team members to discuss a new procedure change in the process. I explain the new procedure to them and on asking for inputs, everybody says “YES” it is a good idea.  But after few days we start facing the problem, team says they expected to face this when the procedure was discussed.

Then why nobody spoke up to discuss the problem? After discussing individually with each of the team members it came up that they did not want to speak up in a meeting to say the procedure will not fit in as none of them will want to make a negative impression.

Does putting your thought across in a meeting really a negative impression?

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2 thoughts on “Why always a “YES” is big NO NO”

  1. Good thought Jagriti,

    Well, I guess almost every one fear of being blamed because of ‘BEING DIFFERENT’ and being away from the crowd ! I too experienced the same kind of situation many times in my career.

    Frankly speaking, people don’t speak until some one else open their mouth and say ‘NO’. Many fear that – being opposite to ‘BOSS DECISION’ might ruin their impression (long term – in the form of performance etc) so they keep oiling them by supporting whatever he puts in front of them.

    And when someone else say a view (which the first person thought about) then the first one supports that by saying
    ‘Yes, that might be true’,
    ‘Yes, he is right, I too agree’

    This is what happens in almost all team discussions especially in business.

    But, ‘YES’ definitely doesn’t work for me ! I always think of the possible outcomes of the issue and support only when the idea is genuine and if I find some loop holes (even though my thoughts are wrong) I just convey the same in front of the team. That’s the reason why I stood unique among many but honestly speaking many didn’t liked my behavior especially the top management. I guess, top management expects us to support their views – however it is !

    Thanks for the article 🙂

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