No: The Essence of Project Portfolio Management

Seth Godin has a great entry, Saying ‘no’.

No is the essence of project portfolio management, no matter who you are. If you don’t say No, your yes’s don’t mean anything.

As Seth says,

Saying no to loud people gives you the resources to say yes to important opportunities.

5 Replies to “No: The Essence of Project Portfolio Management”

  1. A suggestion: Carry a 3×5 card in your pocket with the letters N O written so big that they cover one side of the card. On the other side of the card write “I have permission to say “no” to people when it is the right thing to do.”

  2. There are people who get off on saying “no.” They enjoy the power. We may take things out of context here. When your boss asks you if you can take on another assignment, your “no” is different from when a subordinate asks you if he can take the afternoon off.

    The real trick is to say, “yes, but…” which means “no” with conditions. I’m sure a portfolio manager must justify his or her “no.” If conditions changed, your “no” might become a “yes.”

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