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Monday, January 27, 2014

THE DANGER OF SAYING "NO" TOO OFTEN

BRYCE ON BUSINESS

- Next time you are asked to move, think twice.

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I have always worked in a small business environment, but I have visited enough big companies as part of my consulting practice over the years to recognize differences between large and small. One such difference is how large conglomerates cultivate managers.

If you are being groomed to climb the corporate hierarchy you will likely be asked to physically move to another geographical location. If you are successful there, you may very well be asked to move again and again. Each move usually represents an increase in salary and title. A problem arises though when you have adapted to a particular location and are no longer inclined to move.

I have met many "home town" people over the years who belong to large corporations and want to remain where they live. Maybe it's because they have family in the area, but most of the time they simply love where they live. Whatever the reason, if the person wants to advance in the company, they can ill-afford to say "No" too often to corporate moves.

The employee may be able to resist a move for awhile, but if he/she says "No" once too often, their professional career will likely come to a screeching halt. Executives want to groom managers who are innovative and can adapt to changing conditions. They do not want people who will openly resist change. Companies use moves to test the employee's abilities.

I have a friend in Minneapolis who loved his home town, his family and friends who lived there, and all the Twin City area can offer, including sports. Alas, he said "No" one too many times and found his career path arrested at age 35. He is still with the company, but has never advanced.

Although the company will probably not terminate your employment, you will likely end up with a dead-end job. This is the company's way of saying, "It's time for you to go."

You might be able to resist relocation for awhile, but be careful not to say "No" too often. Such is one significant difference between a large and small business.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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