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Our Very First Innovation Coffee Break: How To Say "No"

In the book, "We've Tried That Before," Paul Hill writes:

"When you say, “I don’t have time,” this phrase actually means, “this isn’t important enough to me,” or “I don’t want to stop doing X to start doing Y.” Saying “I don’t have time” always means something else. Time is fixed. Time is a nonrenewable resource. However, unlike other resources, time is replenished every second.

Learn to say “No” so you can say “Yes.” Say “No” to busy work. Say “No” to work that produces average outcomes. Say “Yes” to work that makes an impact."

But how do we learn to start saying "no"? Let's start figuring that out together at the very first Innovation Coffee Break, Thursday, April 18, at 3 p.m. CDT.

Image from We've Tried That Before, Justin Jenkins, illustrator

Here are some resources to help get you thinking and get our conversation started.

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