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Focus on what you can control

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Q: My boss is mostly OK. But he has this annoying habit of using clichés like “We’re gonna sink or swim together on this.” No one takes him seriously. Can you suggest a tactful way to tell him?

A: I wouldn’t dare. Let him be. Shift to what you can do to grow, improve and advance. Don’t let your annoyance deplete your energy. Every time you stop and think, “How irritating,” you displace more productive thoughts that help you do your job better.

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