It feels as if everyone is shouting and as if that’s what we have to do to be seen, heard and taken seriously. There are moments when the situation may warrant an increase in volume, yet most of the time it’s possible to be loud sottovoce. If you have ever seen an episode of Leave It to Beaver in which the sons worry about their father yelling at them, you realize that “yelling” was the sons’ code for being told “no” or exposed for a bad decision. Demonizing the so-called yeller is an age-old diversionary tactic, in families and in organizations. Mature entities deliver to their values, above-board, when they permit the “no”, making it unnecessary to add volume to be heard or to enact one’s authority in dealing with everything from missteps to malfeasance.