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Push back, say No and Delegate effectively

Push back, say No and Delegate effectively

Hi, everybody, its Sal Celly- hope you all are doing well. Today I want to discuss the importance of pushing back and saying no. This is equally important in your personal life as in your work life. There are going to be times when people are going to put all kinds of unrealistic demands on you- in terms of either delivering a particular project at a particular time, or getting something to them, or achieving something or producing something within the given timeframe or within budget. And while we want to try our best to give them what they need, sometimes the best thing is to say no, particularly when it is an unreasonable demand.

Unreasonable demands

You are the best judge of what is reasonable or not. One yardstick to use is-is it going to put unnecessary pressure on yourself for low reward? Remember, you need to do things that are important rather than urgent. And you need to do things that are going to move your agenda and your priorities and your family’s priorities forward. If they are somebody else’s priorities, then you need to recognize that- it’s okay to help others and it’s okay to assist them. But within limits and within reason. So if something is unnecessarily creating stress and pressure for you, when there is no need to, you need to say no. And you need to set the right expectation.

Setting the right expectation

It could be the right expectation in terms of deliverable timelines, it could be the right expectation in terms of price or in terms of value. Whatever the right expectation metric is, it’s important for you to state that. If you don’t state that, then you’re going to be pushed around. And you’re going to be solving somebody else’s priorities rather than your own. And it’s okay to push back and say, No. There is a nice way of saying it. And that is the topic for another conversation.

The importance of effective Delegation

Also, in order to scale, it is not necessary for you to do everything yourself and to create a bottleneck. That’s where the ability to effectively delegate and hold your team accountable is key. If you try to do everything yourself, you are going to become the bottleneck. And that’s the last thing you want to do. So recognize the tasks that you can delegate, and delegate- hold people accountable, give them responsibility, make sure that they are capable and competent of producing the Delegated Task and then get that done. That is the only way you’re going to scale. If you try to do everything yourself, you’re going to falter. You’re going to mess up the prioritization, you’re going to focus more on the urgent rather than the important and you’re going to help somebody else fix their priorities rather than your own.

Find the right balance

So to find the right balance, identify certain things that you are best at doing, and do those well yourself. The other tasks,  delegate- if you don’t know or you don’t have anybody to delegate to, find somebody. Effective prioritization and delegation to achieve your goal in a desired timeframe, without too much of stress, or pressure or anxiety, is attainable. As we know Stress, Anxiety & Pressure are the three killers that literally can negatively impact you and your life and your family. So don’t take unnecessary pressure due to this.

It is OK to say NO

Remember it’s okay to say no. In fact, it is required to say no to certain things to make room to for you to say yes to the important things. And it is also important to delegate effectively- recognize what should be delegated and what should not. Realize, that even when you are delegating, you are still being responsible and you’re staying on top of it- but somebody else is doing the job and specific task. Hopefully you found this quick post helpful-for additional details or to schedule a complimentary coaching session on effective delegation and Saying No, and the pathway to lead a more balanced, happier and fulfilled life, email me at  Thank you for reading and take care.



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