9 clichés to ban forever

Ditch these clichesDitch these overused business clichés in favor of more straightforward language:

  1. “At the end of the day.” It’s just filler. Forget the phrase and get to the point.
  2. “Think outside the box.” A “Be creative” will suffice.
  3. “Push the envelope.” That’s just another way to say “Take risks.”
  4. “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.
  5. “The ball is in your court.” Enough with the sports analogies. Just say “The decision is yours to make.”
  6. “Work smarter, not harder.” Tell people how to be more efficient.
  7. “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.
  8. “Failure is not an option.” Failure is always a possibility, and that phrase does nothing more than cause employees fear and anxiety.
  9. “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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