Never think that your boss will say yes to you. You might be the shining star of the company on the quick road to success - but always have a plan B just in case.
If you are told 3 times by your boss - the answer is no, don't go ask again for a fourth time. Just let it go.
In any situation you need to have a plan b or an alternate course of action. Even if you are granted your request the first time you ask, that same success can not be guaranteed in the future.
By creating a plan B or alternate actions you will be forced to think about what other options exist. It may be that upon reflection your first choice isn't the best option to take.
Before placing a request try doing the following -
- Climate. Know what is happening to your organisation, what the current pressures are and what strategy is being carried out.
- Signs of the times. Study what is happening and to whom. Read and listen between the lines. Be aware of what is occurring in other parts of the organisation and let these serve as a barometer for the temperature.
- Alternatives. Try practising De Bono's 'Six Thinking Hat's '. Learn to see the situation through a number of different views.
- Opinions. Ask others what think of your options and let them provide constructive criticism.
The first choice option, while it may seem the most obvious and crucial, aren't always as crucial or beneficial as they may first appear.