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Learning To Say NO – Kent Games

Learning to say no can literally set you free. A friend of mine typically responds to requests with, “However I can help.” As Athletic Trainers, we are in the service business, so we tend to say YES to everything.

I was asked recently, “Jeremy, would your coaches fight for you to stay employed here?”

I am trying to find ways to be helpful and to build relationships without taking on someone else's job responsibilities. I am learning to say no. But am I learning to say no gracefully?

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About Dr. Kenneth Games

On his website, Kent Games describes himself as a breakthrough, leadership, and transformation coach. 

After nearly ten years working in healthcare and higher education, he decided to fulfill his vision and pursue a career helping others identify and fulfill their life's dreams, desires, and visions.

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Learning to Say No

For many, leadership may imply the imposition to say yes.
Yes to new tasks. 
Yes to new projects. 
Yes to more jobs and gigs. 

Last year we learned with the Dichotomy of Leadership that a hard line on one topic can cause you to burn the candle at both ends, resulting in burnout.

Tribe of Mentors – Tim Ferriss

A Tim Ferriss podcast highlighted the “no” responses to his invitation to participate in his book Tribe of Mentors.

Tim asked hundreds of entertainers, athletes, CEOs, speakers and guests what makes them tick. 

His “no” responses were so graciously worded, that he put them in the book anyway! It was a way to highlight how some power brokers eloquently decline invitations to projects.

John reads a couple of these responses throughout the podcast.

What are some practical steps?

Dr. Games discusses the importance of acknowledging the invitation and showing gratitude, as evidenced in his automatic email reply.

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John Ciecko also discusses how he recently took his email app off his phone to allow him to be more present.

For John and Dr. Games, this contributes to a reduced feeling of anxiety because he is not constantly checking and waiting for something to pop up.

In the AT facility

“I can give you five minutes of my time right now. If you need more than that, you will need to come back in one hour (or when the practice rush is over).”

After hearing this, I discussed how we can implement it into our daily practice to better serve each athlete who trusts us with their care.

Why YOU should Learn To Say “No”

To give your attention and energy to the situations that deserve it.

If an opportunity does not line up with your “why” and your value system then gracefully say no.

Contact us:

Dr. Kent Games – Kenneth.Games@indstate.edu
Twitter: @GamesKenneth
Instagram: @KentGames

John Ciecko – jciecko@bloomfield.org
Twitter – @JohnCiecko

Jeremy Jackson


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Goal Setting builds Leadership in AT – 474

Need help with Goal Setting?

Brandy Currie is a John Maxwell Team leader and speaker. Goal setting is one of the keys to maintaining consistent leadership.  Passionate about both AT and Leadership Brandy is glad to be able to join us as we grow our profession.

John Ciecko has a whole board of goals he checks off as he accomplishes them.

Goal Setting: AT Leadership; Brandi Currie

Some of the goals are daily:

  • Wake up at 5 am,
  • exercise for 30 minutes,
  • eat a healthy breakfast

Some of the goals are weekly, monthly and yearly.

What other books should you read?

Brandy recommends pretty much anything by John C Maxwell but the top of her required reading is:

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

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John Ciecko

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Team of Teams with Kelly Salter – 471

What are the rules for leadership?

Kelly Salter (previous podcast with Kelly) and John Ciecko have read the book: Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World

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In this episode of Leadership in Athletic Training John and Kelly discuss the book and how it applies to Athletic Training.

Some of the comments during the show:

  • Things change and if we are not willing to adapt we dig our heels in and get left behind.
  • We are not lazier or less intelligent from our parents, but what worked for them will not necessarily work for us
  • We have to constantly adapt – for example Taping and ankle.  Communication needs to be adapted almost with each individual
  • Ask for help from a colleague, mentor, or social media circles when you have a tough case or someone is not responding.
  • You can not win every battle and you need to know when to sit down and listen.

They cover several other practical ways it applies in their practice and changes they have made from taking ownership of the responsibility to lead.

Want to read Team of Teams?

Team of Teams

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Want More?

The following are the interviews in the Leadership in Athletic Training Series.

Extreme Ownership

Director of Sports Medicine Kurt Andrews

Goal Setting in Athletic Training with Brandy Currie

Athletic Director Ross Cooper

Manger of Athletic Training with Christina Eyers

Leading Into Retirement with Larry Cooper

Dichotomy of Leadership


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Extreme Ownership in AT – 466

Extreme Ownership means no more excuses.

Extreme Ownership means you take ownership and responsibility for all actions and circumstances surrounding you.

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In the book Extreme Ownership, Jocko Willinik and Leif Babin share really hard hitting principles about being a leader.

The leadership principles are the same ones that make Navy SEALs so effective and have helped mega corporations find repeatable success.

John Ciecko III takes over the podcast for the series on leadership.

We have read the book and summarized how this applies to our lives both personally and professionally.

One story from Jeremy

Our new principal did not seem to appreciate me or the work we were doing to keep athletes safe.  He did not come by and talk to us.  He asked who questions every time I tried to do something extra.

Therefore he did not like me or support or program.

Actually he did not know me, my reputation, role or reason.  He wanted to have all the answers before allowing his students to go on a field trip.

He needed more information that I failed to communicate to him.

In this podcast i tell a story of how i know he supports me and my program now because we have built the relationship and i provided needed information upfront and fill in gaps when needed.

Wrapping up the series

We also review the leadership series with the second book Dichotomy of Leadership

Our hope is that YOU will join us on this journey of extreme ownership and begin to lead your environment.

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