Posted on May 27, 2015
MSG Morgan Fiszel, CPCM, CFCM
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Ever get an answer of "no"? Even better, ever get an answer of "yes"? I believe that it is in the military culture to automatically respond with an answer of "no". It is like a subconscious and automatic reflex. People don't even think about it, they just immediately respond with "no". I believe that this happens for two reasons. The first is that it is damn near impossible to accomplish anything due to the 400 approvals and signatures that are required. Then that politician won't sign it because he will piss of the other politician, or it might screw up their golf game later on. This shop won't do it because the other shop pissed them off or the other way around. It is extremely painful to give an answer of yes because of all of the follow up and head banging that will be involved. The other reason for receiving an automatic "no" is due to over regulation. Most people believe that if a reg doesn't say they can do it then they can't. They are so afraid of going into gray areas. I believe that if a reg doesn't mention it, it is allowable so long as it is reasonable. What are your thoughts about the "no" culture?
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SSgt Carpenter
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The difference between leaders and wannabes are what they'll do for their troops.
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MSG Brad Sand
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This why I learned it was better to beg forgiveness than ask permission.

Because of this, I have learned to be clear with me daughter. I just gave her an answer of 'Maybe' as she started to skip away, I stopped her and told her, "Not yes and not no, but MAYBE."
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SrA Edward Vong
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Attempt to persuade people to give me a yes.
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MSG Morgan Fiszel, CPCM, CFCM
MSG Morgan Fiszel, CPCM, CFCM
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that sounds just as painful.
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SrA Edward Vong
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