Dealing with Naysayers – Part II

I hosted a technology leaders discussion yesterday, and the conversation turned to how to deal with ‘devil’s advocates’ or naysayers. Then I see a question posed on the Crain’s Chicago Entrepreneur’s Site:

If an entrepreneur listened to all the “experts,” most businesses would never even begin. That said, how does one know when to accept independent advice and when to ignore it?

While constantly displaying naysayer tendencies is a trait of a weak leader [who will eventually become such a non-player that s/he will not stay at the company for the long-term anyway], think about how you can use some of a naysayer’s thinking to fill any holes in your plans [business, project, job search etc.]. Just use the naysayers to your advantage. Click here for more examples of how some entrepreneurs ‘used’ the naysayers to further their success.

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Sandra Schwan

Sandra Schwan

Managing Partner at Evolving Strategies LLC
Sandra is the Managing Partner of Evolving Strategies LLC, a consulting firm helping companies and people learn, adapt and perform. Sandra holds a Master of Science degree in Adult Learning and Strategic Organizational Change from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Arkansas. Previous employers include the Corporate Executive Board, Lante Corporation, Kensington International, and Accenture where Sandra was awarded mentor of the year.

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1 Comment

  1. Naysayer = No Faith
    No Faith = No Prosperity

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