What advice do you give leaders to present ‘no’ in a more collaborative way?

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Frank Ford  (Author & Co-founder, Four Day Weekend)

Frank Ford discusses how not every idea is deserving of being pursued and provides suggestions for leaders to handle the inevitable “no”. He talks about the need to use a “considerate no” when ideas are suggested that have already been proven wrong. Ford provides examples of how leaders can move the discussion forward by explaining why the idea didn’t work while always leaving the door open to new takes on an old or previously rejected idea. He provides an example of an exercise to improve collaboration using the concept of shared experiences.


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Four Day Weekend

Comedy Group
Critically-acclaimed comedy group Four Day Weekend is the longest-running show in the southwest. The group performs a show created from audience suggestions and participation at their 212- seat theater in downtown Fort Worth. Voted Best Comedy and named “Best Entertainment Experience in Texas,” Four Day Weekend is a Fort Worth institution. They’ve been called “Fort Worth’s Greatest Ambassadors”, have been awarded the Key to the City, and have performed for two U.S. presidents and delivered a keynote address to the United States Congress.

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