Getting past no

Probably a lot of us who wind up doing something in administration got there because we like to find ways of making “Yes” happen. 

And then we realize that no matter how constructive we are, a lot of administration involves saying “No.”  Sometimes to people who deserve it, and sometimes to people who don’t.

A student of mine wrote a cranky email to my NLNRU chair, and I had to weigh in on what to say to the student and how.  “No” was the right answer in this case, with a lot of padding tucked lovingly around it.  But I still didn’t like saying it, or helping it get said.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Saying no is hard for us people pleasers, but people do get it faster than the maybes, and you sacrifice less, is the truth.

    Thanks for your condolences. I really appreciate that you bothered to comment. It means a lot.


  2. Yes. Yes, indeed, yes.


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