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Yes, But...: The Top 40 Killer Phrases and How You Can Fight Them Paperback – January 1, 1994

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About the Author

Chic Thompson’s passion is inspiring executives, MBA students and children to be curious first… critical second while problem solving. He is president of Creative Management Group and is an adjunct faculty member at:

• The University of Virginia’s Darden Business School
• The YPO University (Young Presidents’ Organization)
• The FBI Academy
• Accenture’s Center for Professional Education
• The Federal Executive Institute

Chic’s first book, What a Great Idea!, published by HarperCollins, was a main selection of the Executive Book Club and is also published in Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese and Spanish. In 2001, Harvard Business School released a case study on the speaking career of Chic Thompson entitled "What a Great Idea®."

Chic’s second book, "Yes, But..." is a guide to overcoming the bureaucratic language that stifles continuous innovation.

Chic received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Delaware and his Masters in Education from the University of Virginia. He then worked in new product development and marketing for:

• W.L. Gore and Associates (Gore-Tex®)
• Johnson & Johnson
• Walt Disney

During the last 20 years, Chic has given over 2500 presentations and has teamed up with talent ranging from Tom Peters and Stephen Covey to Cirque du Soleil and Second City.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st ed edition (January 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887306608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887306600
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,461,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Chic Thompson is the author of "What a Great Idea!," "Yes, but..." and "DIY Brainstorming."

Chic worked in new product development for Gore-Tex™ and Walt Disney and is now a Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. In 2001, Harvard Business School wrote a case study on his entrepreneurial career.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lee Say Keng on August 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
"Yes, But...": The Top 40 Killer Phrases & How You Can Fight Them by Charles Thompson

In a nut shell, "Yes, But..." is a practical guide to overcoming the bureaucratic language that often stifles continuous innovation.

It is packed with lighthearted cartoons & strategy tools to help you to recognize & diffuse the 'Top 40 Killer Phrases', made famous in the author's first book, entitled 'What a Great Idea!'.

Essentially, you will learn to transform "Yes, But..." into "Yes, and..." & your ideas into reality!

For the uninititated, a 'Killer Phrase' is defined as a knee-jerk response that squelches new ideas; most commonly said by bosses, parents, & government officials. It is often a threat to innovation. Whereas, a 'Fight Back Phrase' is defined as words that launch ideas into reality; usually said by achievers, leaders, & entrepreneurs. It is the self talk of champions.

If you are a manager &/or facilitator, please get hold of this wonderful book immediately!
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