When "Yes" kills credibility, and "No" means political suicide

posted Jun 6, 2012, 6:59 AM by Bruce P. D'Sena   [ updated Jun 6, 2012, 7:05 AM ]
I realized early on that the best reward for good work is more work and everyone wants you on their side. If you're already in this enviable position in technology, you also know how hard it is to hold on to that credibility.

Many leaders fall prey to saying "Yes" when the answer really needs to be "No".  They open the door to wrong expectations that  hurt budgets and schedules, damage that hard earned reputation and drive up costs and tensions by expending resources unnecessarily.

This tongue-in-cheek (well, sort of ..) article explains how to take advantage of a few techniques like the bureaucratic dodge,  the resource gambit and the requesters own language to manage those difficult situations without putting yourself on the road to political disaster.