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7 cringeworthy phrases to NEVER use at work


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7 cringeworthy phrases to NEVER use at work

Leadership styles can vary wildly from person to person. Some bosses choose to take a sterner and strictly professional approach to managing teams, whilst others are more intent on seeing their employees as equals and as such, invite them into their personal lives. Obviously, the success or failure of these approaches completely depends on the company, the culture and the people that occupy these teams, yet all successful leadership styles have a few core elements in common.

Good leaders don’t allow themselves to be manipulated into making decisions by their staff, they don’t simply sit back and rely on everyone else to do the work, they don’t break their own company rules and they don’t diminish their own authority by sabotaging their leadership. Whilst most of these core elements are relatively easy to draw a line under and follow, being a self-sabotager is slightly more blurred. This has a lot to do with how you communicate; good bosses have a vocabulary that they curate to ensure that they’re not confusing staff, or coming across as pompous or immature – yet often, bosses falling short of their own ambitions simply blurt out whatever is in their head and make themselves look foolish.

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Comments (6)

  • BM
    Tue, 31 Dec 2019 10:38am GMT
    'It's a no brainer' is another one for me. The phrase shows one perspective and tends to shut down conversation.
  • Ruby
    Wed, 30 Oct 2019 10:08pm GMT
    I have a couple.... 110% and referring to employees as "workers".
  • Alan Blunt
    Alan Blunt
    Wed, 30 Oct 2019 9:39am GMT
    'Take it to the next level' ....to which level were you proposing improvement? An unnecessary turn of phrase.
  • Matt
    Wed, 30 Oct 2019 9:25am GMT
    I think the list stands up apart from 'No worries'.

    Manager: "Thanks for running that report for me at such short notice, It has really helped me out for my meeting today".
    Employee: "no worries, I was processing a lot of reports yesterday and thought I might as well get yours done too"

    Is it really that bad?
  • Mary
    Wed, 30 Oct 2019 9:02am GMT
    I can across another one recently "sync up" instead of "talk"...