Just about every enterprise begins with a lofty vision, inspiring goals, and an individual (or a group of people) determined to drive results. At the outset, even though every action is fraught with potential failure, risks are taken because that is the only way to attain the desired outcome.
Somewhere along the journey, those same enterprises tend to get bogged down – many times by their own success. They grow, develop a hierarchy, institute a reporting structure, and decision making begins to stagnate. Almost overnight, people who were once fearless begin to tap the brakes at the mere thought of undertaking just about any forward-thinking activity.
Tapping the brakes is tantamount to saying “no” and, just like a car where a driver taps the brakes too often, the enterprise will cease to move forward. When the same people who created the organization adopt a strategy focused on protecting the entity rather than advancing it, the end result will be disappointing for everyone – ownership, management, employees, and clients.
If you want to keep momentum moving forward, then embracing no is the worst possible strategy.