• Tara Humphrey

Entrepreneurship Weekly - Insight 2: Just Say Yes

Updated: Nov 7, 2018

Book: How Google does it by Eric Schmidt and Johnathan Rosenberg           


Book: Screw it Lets Do it: Lessons in Life by Richard Branson

Google and Virgin need no introduction, so let’s get to it!

I think it is fair to say that many of us work or have worked in organisations which foster a culture of saying no, or saying yes, but really meaning no.

Being on the receiving end of every potential good idea being routinely shut down is frustrating and quite frankly soul destroying, but Eric and Jonathan in the book 'How Google Does it' shows how fostering a culture of saying yes can lead to astonishing growth and innovation.

Saying yes can lead to new experiences, new knowledge and wisdom.

Saying yes can allow you to test new concepts before they are ready, to gain valuable insights and feedback.

Saying yes empowers your staff to lead new initiatives and take responsibility.

Within Virgin, Sir Richard Branson’s employees affectionately call him Dr Yes and his motto is “Screw it, Let’s do it”!  He doesn't let silly rules get in the way and discourages lengthy and bureaucratic processes.

If you’re the one with the idea, be clear on your vision, prepare well, collaborate and pre-empt any rebuffs.

If you're the leader with the authority to approve and deny, be the one who empowers, inspires, advises, facilitates and gives people a chance by saying YES! Productivity, creativity, loyalty and overall staff satisfaction will soar.