For Managers: 10 things NOT to say in the new millennium workplace

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Are you or your managers looking for ways to engage people in the workplace?  Do you want more creativity on the job day-to-day, are you seeking fresh ideas and new decisions?

Businessweek ran a post that might interest you called 10 Things Only Bad Managers Say by Liz Ryan an expert on the new-millennium workplace and a former Fortune 500 HR executive. She sheds some light on the impact of using older throw-away phrases management-isms on today’s younger staff.

I’ve listed the 10 statements below. Take a look at them, gauge your reaction, then check Liz’s rationale for mentioning each one as a no-no.  Her explanations reveal the reality aspects of the newer workplace culture that may trigger some new thinking and creative approaches to managing in your organization.

  1. If you don’t want this job, I’ll find someone who does.
  2. I don’t pay you to think.
  3. I won’t have you on eBay/ESPN/Facebook/etc. while you’re on the clock.
  4. I’ll take it under advisement.
  5. Who gave you permission to do that?
  6. Drop everything and DO THIS NOW!
  7. Don’t bring me problems. Bring me solutions.
  8. Sounds like a personal problem to me.
  9. I have some feedback for you … and everyone here feels the same way.
  10. In these times, you’re lucky to have a job at all.

“Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.” – Paul Hawken

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