Great Work is About When to Say Yes with Dr. Don Khouri | UYGW17
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How are you?

If your first, knee jerk response was “Busy!” or “Crazy busy” or “Scary busy” then this interview is for you. My guest this week, Dr. Don Khouri, invites us to protect our “Yes.” Whether others are asking for a favor, offering an opportunity, or handing down a task, our bias is usually to say “yes!” Don suggests that before we give away a single “yes,” we need to ask ourselves some critical questions.

Join us as we discuss

  • The five questions that we should ask before we say “yes”
  • Why a default mode of “no” will actually make us more valuable collaborators and employees
  • The transformation and ease that comes from being purposefully productive instead of busy

About the Guest:

Don Khouri coaches executives and business leaders who want to be more productive and profitable. He does this helping busy executives streamline their activities and better chose activities on which to focus their time and attention. He is the author of When to Say Yes, The 5 Steps to Protect Your Time. Dr. Khouri is known for his straightforward expertise when it comes to getting crystal clear on identifying which requests to accept, and which requests to say “no” to and reject. Through his coaching and training programs, busy executives are able to increase their productivity and focus, while eliminating the enormous volume of distractions that are part of being a business leader in today’s lightning-fast information age. Don has an extensive background in software development and has held several key positions at Fidelity Investments during his successful 21-year career. His leadership positions at Fidelity Investments include being Vice President of Software Development, where he headed global teams and complex multi-million-dollar programs. Don is a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems. He holds a master’s degree in Human Development, and an MBA in Organizational Behavior from Boston University. In addition, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Babson College, which has been voted the top school in the U.S. for entrepreneurship.

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Dr. Amanda Crowell is a cognitive psychologist, speaker, author and coach changing our perspective on the world of work. It IS possible to do Great Work-- launch a successful business, make a scientific discovery, raise a tight-knit family, or manage a global remote team-- without sacrificing your health, happiness and relationships.

Amanda is the Author of the forthcoming book, Great Work: Do What Matter Most Without Sacrificing Everything Else, and the creator of the Great Work Journals. Amanda's TEDx talk has received more than a million views and has been featured on TED's Ideas blog and Ted Shorts.

Her ideas have also been featured on NPR, Al Jazeera, The Wall Street Journal, Quartz, and Thrive Global.

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