How are you?

If your first, knee jerk response was “Busy!” or “Crazy busy” or “Scary busy” then this interview is for you. My guest this week, Dr. Don Khouri, invites us to protect our “Yes.” Whether others are asking for a favor, offering an opportunity, or handing down a task, our bias is usually to say “yes!” Don suggests that before we give away a single “yes,” we need to ask ourselves some critical questions.

Join us as we discuss

  • The five questions that we should ask before we say “yes”
  • Why a default mode of “no” will actually make us more valuable collaborators and employees
  • The transformation and ease that comes from being purposefully productive instead of busy

About the Guest:

Don Khouri coaches executives and business leaders who want to be more productive and profitable. He does this helping busy executives streamline their activities and better chose activities on which to focus their time and attention. He is the author of When to Say Yes, The 5 Steps to Protect Your Time. Dr. Khouri is known for his straightforward expertise when it comes to getting crystal clear on identifying which requests to accept, and which requests to say “no” to and reject. Through his coaching and training programs, busy executives are able to increase their productivity and focus, while eliminating the enormous volume of distractions that are part of being a business leader in today’s lightning-fast information age. Don has an extensive background in software development and has held several key positions at Fidelity Investments during his successful 21-year career. His leadership positions at Fidelity Investments include being Vice President of Software Development, where he headed global teams and complex multi-million-dollar programs. Don is a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems. He holds a master’s degree in Human Development, and an MBA in Organizational Behavior from Boston University. In addition, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Babson College, which has been voted the top school in the U.S. for entrepreneurship.

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In Don Khouri’s insightful interview, I got one of the biggest insights from the podcast: If we want to do Great Work, our default response to requests needs to be NO.

As such, we need to have a rock-solid process to decide WHEN to say yes.


About the author

Dr. Amanda Crowell is a cognitive psychologist and business coach who helps accidental entrepreneurs get more clients and have a bigger impact. She is the author of Great Work, the host of the Unleashing Your Great Work podcast, and the creator of the Great Work Journals. Amanda's TEDx talk has received almost two million views and has been featured on TED's Ideas blog and Ted Shorts. Her ideas have also been featured on NPR, Al Jazeera, The Wall Street Journal, Quartz, and Thrive Global.