Six Phrases to Remove From Your Management Vocabulary

Working in management can be rewarding, complicated, difficult and easy all at the same time. As a manager, you are seen as a leader who must take items from their own experiences and use them to teach employees. There are certain things that managers like to say on a regular basis that really should be removed from your vocabulary.

We will discuss six of these phrases so you can improve your management communication style around the office.

I Can’t

One of the most commonly used phrases by managers is that of “I can’t.” This phrase needs to be removed from your vocabulary immediately. In most instances, when you say I can’t, you are trying to hiding the fact that you do not want to do something. In other instances, saying I can’t is one way to hide your lack of confidence. You might say I can’t because you truly believe that you cannot complete a request due to lack of knowledge or skill.

I Don’t Have the Time

When leaders tell their employees that they don’t have the time, it sends a very bad message. It tells them that you do not want to make time for them, or the projects they need help with, and it can cause a major rift within the organization. You might want to change this phrase to “I’m not going to spend the time on this,” but make sure you do not say this out loud. Say this phrase in your head so you can become a better time manager as a leader.

I’ll Try

A third phrase you should remove from your management vocabulary is “I’ll try.” When you use this phrase in the office you leave yourself with a way out of a commitment. You need to provide employees with a more definitive phrase such as “I will get this done for you.” When you give yourself a way to back out of something, you more than likely will back out often instead of completing the task.

I’ll Get to it Later

This phrase might be mixed with I’ll try, but it is different. When managers tell their employees that they will get to something later, it gives the impression that the task is not that important. The task might be incredibly important to the employee, but a manager who says I’ll get to it later makes it look like it is not valuable right now.

Pay Your Dues

Pay your dues really should be at the top of this list because it needs to be removed immediately. Managers who say this phrase sound old, elitist, narrow-minded, bitter and insensitive. This phrase needs to go right now because the younger employees have not had the life experiences needed to understand it.

To be Honest with You

Managers at all levels of a company need to remove this phrase. Why would you start off a conversation with this phrase? Is there a time when you are dishonest with your employees? If so, then the phrase should remain in your vocabulary. If you are an honest manager, get rid of this phrase as soon as possible.

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