I recently posted the 10 Dumb Things Bosses Say, with suggestions for what to say instead. However, there are some “boss” remarks that are so counterproductive that the best strategy is simply to bite your tongue:
1. “We’ve always done it this way.” This is not a reason for doing something. It’s a reason for the boss to avoid the work of rethinking the problem or situation.
2. “Just figure it out.” Employees don’t ask the boss how to do something when they can figure out how to do a difficult task themselves.
3. “I don’t have time for this.” It can be frustrating when employees put demands on you, but a boss’s primary function is to ensure employees can do their own jobs.
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