A great little book which I’ve been working my way through lately is Improv Wisdom .
There are some great wisdoms for life in this book, like the following four:
From an organisational perspective I often wonder about the “Say Yes” maxim. It seems to me that there is a culture in some organisations where the person who actually does practice the ‘say yes’ maxim is somehow considered inferior or weak, a walk over. I remember one of my first jobs working as a systems administrator. Saying “No” seemed to be a lesson in self-preservation, a protective mechanism against drowning in the overwhelming demands from everyone important in the company. Like the book suggests, however, it is often when we “Say Yes” that we find ourselves in the most interesting, unexplored and unchartered territory.
I wonder what culture change might occur in an organisation which considered and took seriously the above 4 maxims….?
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