More “Yes … and”Posted: February 3, 2012
“The person who says it cannot be done, should not interrupt the person doing it.” ~ Chinese proverb
Lately I’ve been listening for the use of the phrase “Yes … but” in conversations and meetings. I hear it more and more, almost to the point of physical discomfort. At he same time I’m aware that I need to purposefully use the phrase “Yes … and” a lot more. I hope my PLN colleagues call me out on this. Most of the time this comes from the Lizard Brain that Seth Godin talks about in Linchpin. It’s a downward way of thinking that seldom moves the conversation forward. Maybe it’s the time of year or maybe it’s the time of teaching, I don’t know. I hope to use “Yes … and” a lot more, and I hope I hear it more often as well.