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Avoid these 7 destructive phrases

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in Leaders & Managers,People Management

Believe it or not, certain “leaders” actually say this stuff. Steer clear of anything like it, even milder variants:

1.“Don’t worry about the big picture.” It’s patronizing and signifies lack of vision.

2. “I was here at 7 a.m. Where were you?” Again, patronizing, and indicates lack of trust.

3. “I’m calling a quick meeting.” Unless there’s a true emergency, it means poor planning.

4. “Just do what I tell you.” Even children shouldn’t be addressed with such condescension.

5. “This requires out-of-the-box thinking.” Translation: “I don’t have a clue what to do.”

6. “You’ll need to work smarter, not harder.” Means your workload is about to double.

7. “We’re one big, happy family.” No, we’re not.

— Adapted from “19 common phrases your employees are sick of hearing,” Geoffrey James, Inc.

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