What Management is Really Saying

Published: 30/10/2011

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That's very interesting...
- I disagree.
I don't disagree...
- I disagree.
I don't totally disagree with you...
- You may be right, but I don't care.
You have to show some flexibility...
- You have to do it whether you want to or not.
We have an opportunity...
- You have a problem.
You obviously put a lot of work into this...
This is awful.
- Help me to understand...
I don't know what you're talking about, and I don't think you do either.
- You just don't understand our business...
We don't understand our business.
- You need to see the big picture...
My boss thinks it's a good idea.
- We're going to follow a strict methodology here...
We're going to do it my way.
- I didn't understand the e-mail you sent, can you give me a quick summary...
I still can't figure out how to start the e-mail program.
- We have to leverage our resources...
You're working weekends.
- Wrong answer...
You didn't tell me what I wanted to hear.
- You needed to be more proactive...
You should have protected me from myself.
- We need to syndicate this decision...
We need to spread the blame if it backfires.
- We have to put on our marketing hats...
We have to put ethics aside.
- It's not possible. It's impractical. It won't work...
I don't know how to do it.
- It's a no-brainer...
It's a perfect decision for me to handle.
- I'm glad you asked me that...
Public relations has written a carefully phrased answer.
- There are larger issues at stake...
I've made up my mind so don't bother me with the facts.
- I'll never lie to you...
The truth will change frequently.
- Value-added...
Expensive.
- The reductions will benefit the vast majority of employees...
The reductions will benefit me.