Three types of ‘Yes’ people to avoid at work

We have all known someone with a reputation for saying “yes” to any new request or project, without considering whether they should. Maybe they want to establish themselves as helpful, go-to people. Maybe they feel pressured to never say “no.” Or maybe they’re just trying to get you off their back.

There are three common types of yes people to watch out for and avoid.

The Entangler

The entangler is the person, often well meaning, who gets too involved in your details and tries to involve you in too many of theirs. They can consume an incredible amount of your time and are hard to untangle from your work.

The Generous Fool

The generous fool is the person, always well meaning, who wants desperately to be of service, but is not very good at it. They promise to do things for you that they are simply unable to do or that they are not allowed to do. All the while, you have missed the opportunity to engage with someone who could help you. So, be nice to the generous fools, but don’t work with them.

The Overpromiser

Overpromisers sometimes look like the generous fool, because they often come from a good place as they aim to please. Overpromisers think they are taking the easy way out on the front end by not doing the due diligence. But before long, they pay a big price, and so will the people around them.

Want to read more? Check out Bruce Tulgan’s book — The Art of Being Indispensable at Work


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