Phrases That Get Us Nowhere, And What They Really Mean
It takes money to make money. No, it doesn't.
Stay in your lane. I'm threatened by your performance.
That's not my job. I'm not willing to take ownership.
It wasn't my call. I don't want to own this.
That's a stupid idea. I'm threatened by your creativity. (N.B. Sometimes, it IS a stupid idea.)
Happy Friday. I hate my job.
You've been drinking the Kool-Aid. I don't buy the wider mission - so why am I really here?
You need to put some skin in the game. I want you to do this for free.
This is a massive opportunity for you. I want you to do this for free.
I don't care about money. Stop it.
The synergies are incredible. Really, please stop it.