Say No To “Yes Men”

For as long as I can remember, I have worked in organizations where I’ve seen the negative implications of “Yes Men.” By “Yes Men,” I’m referring to those individuals on a team, in an organization or in an environment where the only thing they will do is say “Yes” to their boss.

If a leader wants to be truly successful they must be willing to say “No” to “Yes Men.” The problem with Yes Men and those unwilling to disagree, lead-up or challenge their leader is leaving the leader and organization vulnerable to settling for the status quo.

Not only is it important to say “No” to “Yes Men,” it’s important for leaders to create an environment where individuals can be open and honest. If a leader hasn’t had anyone say the words “I disagree with you” or “There may be a better way” in the last year, there is a good chance they are fostering a “Yes Men” environment.

If people aren’t periodically disagreeing with you, you’re not challenging the status quo and are surrounded by “Yes Men.” Remember disagreeing doesn’t mean disrespecting, it’s just the desire of the team to get to a better result. Some of the best ideas, inventions, solutions have come from environments where leaders surround themselves with people that will shoot them straight.

Say No to “Yes Men.”

Share your thoughts and experiences with “Yes Men” environment.

  • John

    I’ve worked in both environments.  Expected to be a yes man literally drove me away.  Frankly, I don’t think men who only can say yes are living up to being the man God created them to be.  I’m now part of a team of men who know how to say no, have a healthy meeting, then go enjoy lunch together.  Think I’ll stay awhile.

  • If a leader wants to be truly successful they must be willing to say “No” to “Yes Men.” The problem with Yes Men.

  • it’s just the desire of the team to get to a better result. Some of the
    best ideas, inventions, solutions have come from environments where
    leaders surround themselves with people that will shoot them straight.

  • kathleencaron

    True- and moreover, if a leader wants to be successful they need to not only “say no to Yes men,” but encourage the people under them to tell the truth.  Because of the corrupting affect of power, people in positions of power have a tendency to intimidate those under them.  Who wants to risk losing their job, especially in an economy like this one?  So the responsibility is really on leadership to solicit truth.

  • I’m referring to those individuals on a team, in an organization or in
    an environment where the only thing they will do is say “Yes” to their
    boss.

  • I’m referring to those individuals on a team, in an organization or in an
    environment where the only thing they will do is say “Yes” to their
    boss.

  • For as long as I can remember, I have worked in organizations where I’ve seen the negative implications of “Yes Men.” By “Yes Men,” I’m referring to those individuals on a team, in an organization or in an environment where the only thing they will do is say “Yes” to their boss.

  • There may be a better way” in the last year, there is a good chance they are fostering a “Yes Men” environment.

  • in an organization or in an environment where the only thing they will do is say “Yes” to their boss.

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