By taking just a few moments to refrain from cramming one more thing on your device before a meeting, you could have a much more productive meeting that adds so much more value than the things you would have done on your device.
The worst part of never saying no is that our projects never come to fruition in a way we want them to. And that stinks. Lately there's been lots of arguing and debating about goals, success and leadership, much of it revolving around setting boundaries for ourselves and others.
It's been 30 years since the publication of The Meaning of Liff, a dictionary parody that sought to give names to "common experiences, feelings, situations, and... objects which we all know and recognize, but for which no word exists."
What determines how much I have to do? Peter Drucker, one of the finest business thinkers of the last century, said that as knowledge workers we define both our work and its results. This would imply that we somehow have control of what's to be done.
I have countless friends that run start up or growth stage non-profit organizations. I love what they are aiming to do. Sadly, many of them hit roadblocks: Not enough money, not enough staff, and the list goes on. It does not have to be this way.