The Importance of Saying No

Barry Salzberg, Global CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited

 

 

Barry Salzberg cites examples from his career where saying "no" was the best way to do what was right. 

Teaching Notes

Use the following prompts to facilitate a guided discussion on this installment of Walking the Talk: Insights on Putting Ethics into Practice.

What are the “right circumstances” under which it is important to say no?

Provide an example from your own experience of a time in which not doing something was more important than doing something.

Why is “saying no” difficult in many circumstances?  What barriers, or “reasons and rationalizations,” both personal and organizational, contribute to the challenge of doing the right thing?

What does Salzberg mean by “being thoughtful” about saying no?  What is the role of analysis and reasoning?

How can thinking about what is at stake in difficult decision making help us to develop the courage to “say no.”

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