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The Power of a Positive No by William Ury

BreadBox Rating  - 8 out of 10

Number of pages  - 272

Summary  -  A Positive No has the power to profoundly transform our lives by enabling us to say Yes to what counts–our own needs, values, and priorities.  Understood this way, No is the new Yes. And the Positive No may be the most valuable life skill you’ll ever learn!

Breadbox Review   -  Simply put, this book is a must read. Saying the word no is incredibly difficult for a lot of people. More difficult is saying no in the correct way. If you say yes all the time, you're really saying no to what matters most to you.

    Ury outlines important steps that must taken in order to ensure that you learn the importance of saying no. 

  1. Uncover your Yes - when you say no to something, you're saying yes to what matters most to you.
  2. Empower your No - saying no, then, is simply standing up for what matters most to you.
  3. Respect your way to Yes - suggestion another positive outcome or agreement to the other person.

    Do you struggle with saying no the right way? This book will help you uncover the purpose of your no so that you can enable yourself to say yes to the people, things or interests in your life that matter the most!

Outside Reviews

  • "Almost any brief comment on The Power of a Positive No would be trite. Suffice it to say that if I'd had and used this book for the last 25 years, I would have doubtless avoided innumerable heartaches and headaches and tattered personal and professional relationships. 'Original' is an embarrassingly overused word on book dust jackets, but, simply, this all-important book stands alone on a subject that underpins, like no other, jndividual and organizational effectiveness."

             ― Tom Peters, author of In search of Excellence

  • "William Ury brings a marvelous blend of experience, insight, integrity and warmth to his work. In this wonderful book he teaches us how to say No—with grace and effect—so that we might create even better Yes".

             ― Jim Collins, author Good to GreatGreat by Choice

  • "The world's biggest shared secret is that most of us say yes when we really want to say no, in both our professional and private lives. Bill Ury generously provides us with insights and techniques to turn this malady into win-win solutions. This is a wise and powerful book."

              ―  John Naisbitt, author of Megatrends   

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