Learning to Say ‘No’

“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically—to say ‘no’…”


–Stephen Covey

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Rajiv Sharma, the ‘Yes’ Man

Mr Rajiv Sharma is not just your average business analyst. He is a business analyst plus a superman. He is ten employees rolled into one. He is the official trouble shooter and the unofficial ‘go-to’ guy when things get a bit rough around his cubicle. He has a heart of gold and never says no to anyone.

Take last Monday evening, for example. It was 5.00 p.m. Sharma was just putting the finishing touches to his feasibility report when his next-cube neighbour came rushing in for some help with inserting a graph into an Excel file. ‘That ...

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