This is a very powerful concept. It seems some days, we do live in a culture of No. I don’t want to live there. I want to be able to be able to say yes. Let’s start the coalition of Yes!!
It’s easy to join.
There are a million reasons to say no, but few reasons to stand up and say yes.
No requires just one objection, one defensible reason to avoid change. No has many allies–anyone who fears the future or stands to benefit from the status quo. And no is easy to say, because you actually don’t even need a reason.
No is an easy way to grab power, because with yes comes responsibility, but no is the easy way to block action, to exert the privilege of your position to slow things down.
No comes from fear and greed and, most of all, a shortage of openness and attention. You don’t have to pay attention or do the math or role play the outcomes in order to join the coalition that would rather things stay as they are (because they’ve chosen not to do the hard work of imagining how they might be).
And yet the coalition of No keeps losing. We live in a world of yes, where possibility and innovation and the willingness to care often triumph over the masses that would rather it all just quieted down and went back to normal.
Yes is the new normal. And just in time.
“More time on the problem isn’t the way. More guts is. When you expose yourself to the opportunities that scare you, you create something scarce, something others won’t do.” ~~Seth Godin
Seth Godin has some pretty good thoughts on difficult conversations, whether work or personal. We know it but we need to do it. If it is going to be difficult, do it face to face.
A post-industrial A to Z digital battledore
New times demand new words, because the old words don’t help us see the world differently.
Along the way, I’ve invented a few, and it occurs to me that sometimes I use them as if you know what I’m talking about. Here, with plenty of links, are 26 of my favorite neologisms (the longest post of the year, probably):
A is for Artist: An artist is someone who brings humanity to a problem, who changes someone else for the better, who does work that can’t be written down in a manual. Art is not about oil painting, it’s about bringing creativity and insight to work, instead of choosing to be a compliant cog. (from Linchpin).
The cost of being first is higher than it’s ever been…
It’s entirely possible that you’re racing.
Racing to the market with a new product or a news story or a decision or an innovation. The race keeps getting faster, doesn’t it?
Seth Godin tells me that he only problems I have left are the perfect ones. The imperfect ones, the ones with a clearly evident solution, well, if they were important, I would have solved them already.
It’s the perfect problems that keep me stuck. Read more…