The Habit of No

Startups and Burritos

via the femonite.com

Most people at startups are in the habit of saying yes.

This new year if you are looking for a resolution that will transform your startup, get in the habit of saying no.

The Habit of Yes

The habit of yes occurs when a founder asks you to help him with something that “will only take half an hour,” or when a co-worker asks you sneak in a “quick” bug fix to the weekly sprint because it’s an “easy fix and should only take ten minutes.” We’ve all been there and our natural inclination is to say yes.

There are lots of reasons why we say yes but most of them have to do with the fact that saying no feels rude. Yes, on the other hand, leads to happy co-workers, happy founders and a conflict-free environment. Yes, for lack of a better word, is nice. It is pleasant…

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Success at International Road Federation Congress

In the following video you can hear the head of the IRF commit his organisation to use IRF’s resources and convening power, together with others, to take on congestion.

I have it on good authority (the man to my right in the picture below), that this was added to the planned remarks as a result of the work that several people, including me, did to raise awareness of the congestion issue at the Congress.

Magid Elabyad, VP International Programs and Member Services, IRF; Brendan Halleman, Director, International Programs and Advocacy, IRF; Paul Minett, Chair, Ridesharing Institute; and Arif K. Rafiq, Director, Membership Development and Marketing, IRF.

Magid Elabyad, VP International Programs and Member Services, IRF; Brendan Halleman, Director, International Programs and Advocacy, IRF; Paul Minett, Chair, Ridesharing Institute; and Arif K. Rafiq, Director, Membership Development and Marketing, IRF.

I don’t want to declare victory in any sense, but this was the best possible outcome I could hope for at the Congress.

Thanks again to my wonderful network for helping me to be there. Watch this space as we create a platform for real change.