Bikeshedding, aka Parkinson’s Law of Triviality

What exactly is bikeshedding? A recent conversation brought a renewed vigor to my use of the term “bikeshedding.” The term was coined c. 1957 by C. Northcote Parkinson to illuminate a discovery he made – that groups of people tended to make a futile investment of time and energy on disputes over …

A Clear “No” Can Be More Graceful Than a Vague or Noncommittal “Yes”

Sometimes the right (or at least initial) response to a request for action “now” is “No.” – It’s far easier to say “yes” later on…
On the other hand, maybe you don’t even have to choose between “Yes” and “No” particularly if you’re trying to initiate a conversation.