- “At the end of the day.” It’s just filler. Forget the phrase and get to the point.
- “Think outside the box.” A “Be creative” will suffice.
- “Push the envelope.” That’s just another way to say “Take risks.”
- “Don’t reinvent the wheel.” The phrase is vague. Offer more specific guidance about which aspects should stay the same and which ones should change.
- “The ball is in your court.” Enough with the sports analogies. Just say “The decision is yours to make.”
- “Work smarter, not harder.” Tell people how to be more efficient.
- “Low-hanging fruit.” It undermines the importance of your customers or goals by suggesting that some don’t require much effort. Treat all business objectives the same way.
- “Failure is not an option.” Failure is always a possibility, and that phrase does nothing more than cause employees fear and anxiety.
- “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” An actual time estimation to launch a new initiative or make a change is much more useful.
I know I am one to use “out-side the box thinking” when I write and speak, so I’m setting a goal to eliminate it.
Do you use any of the phrases above? If so which ones?
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