The Power of Yes versus No

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The Power of Yes vs. No
Have you heard of the Pareto Principle??
It is a theorem of belief begun by Vilfredo Pareto in the late 1800s, which states that for most of life events/goals, achievements, 80% of the outcomes come from 20% of the causes. 
For business owners, this principle can be a guiding force for prioritization. We are champion “doers”. The most successful businesses not only know how to DO, they know specifically what TO DO. 
And, this prioritization, at its simplest form is a YES LIST vs. a NO LIST. 
A CEO or President knows, based on the company’s mission and vision, what to say YES to and what to say NO to. And the best companies, the best leaders, the best teams keep that in their sights, weekly, monthly, quarterly. 
While there may be exploration, research, trial and error, that is also prioritized to the outcomes planted within the Mission and Vision. 
Do you have a Mission and Vision statement for your business?? Do you teach it and cast it regularly for your team of employees?
Here are a few simple Yes and No Tips that can serve as the foundation for your Success. 
  • Yes to setting weekly goals that align to quarterly and annual goals (suggested reading The 12 week Year)
  • Yes to asking GREAT questions vs. mediocre questions of your staff and team (suggested reading, Leaders Ask Great Questions)
  • Yes to encouraging ebb and flow from your employees, making sure they know how to rest and recover, heck, celebrating that! In fact, Celebrating MORE with your teams and staff!
  • Yes to a culture of continuous learning. Add it to the job descriptions. Most of all knowledge is Free today. 
  • No to gossip. Period. 
  • No to incessant phone usage/social media swiping/wasted time
  • No to donuts in the breakroom ALL THE TIME. What else would be worth having and sharing at breaks?? I’m guessing you are wise to this hint. 
  • No to lazy thinking. “I don’t know, or it’s not my job” is so outdated. Go above and beyond, often. Heck, isn't that the POINT of having a Smart phone attached to your hand? 
Now take this bit of inspiration and consider what 20% you’re committed to spending 80% of your time on. 

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