Meet Dr NO

12 Dec


When my son was a toddler my dear mother in law happened to mention that it was sad that little kids heard the word NO a lot of the time.

NO you can’t do that.

NO don’t be naughty.


Workplaces can be like that too.

Have you worked with a Dr NO? I know I have.

NO, too different.

NO, you can’t do that.


What makes a Dr NO?

Fear of change



Risk aversion

All of the above. The only problem is that the world is changing. Industries are disappearing. Just this week our iconic car, the Holden, announced they were ceasing manufacturing here. Horror. All those people losing their jobs.

What will they do?

They’ll do something else.

Creativity is the enemy of Dr NO

Change is like Ju Jitsu … when you are attacked you step aside and push your attacker past. Going with the flow.

Scary but ultimately satisfying.

2 Responses to “Meet Dr NO”

  1. Steve December 15, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    Dr Nos are often control freaks too. I guess its about change, but often it might just be because Dr No didn’t think of it, so therefore it can’t possibly work.

    • 1billionideas December 15, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

      Does that mean we are sometimes mean, small minded and jealous?

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