Have you ever been "Yes, butted
"? If so, heres
your opportunity to fight back. The next time you offer an idea and the response
is a Killer Phrase, use the tips outlined in Chic Thompsons battle plan
below. You may never be "Yes, butted
"You're too Young"
This Catch-22 of Killer Phrases can attack from both outside and from within.
We're at our most creative when were young, but credibility, on the other
hand, takes time. Other variations of this killer phrase:
You don't have the training.
let junior in here?
a little experience under your belt first.
What To Do About It
Separate content issues from personal issues to diffuse this parental Killer Phrase
before you're over the hill.
age. The young perspective
is fresh, uncluttered by preconceived notions. Establish your unique view
as a bridge, rather than a barrier to the solution.
Do you homework.
The younger you are and the bigger your idea is, the
wider the leap of faith will be between the naysayer's current reality and
your vision. Move beyond this initial block towards constructive reasoning
by grounding your idea in relevant research and documentation.
Established professionals may feel threatened if the new kid
is on the verge of solving a problem that has baffled them for years. Invite
collaboration so colleagues can share the recognition.
language. Don't let a generation gap become a language
barrier. Present your idea in terms that your audience can understand and
- Tips For Leaders
- Kids... what will they think of next? You'd better listen. This Killer Phrase
often sends young employees away from a parent company to start their own.
Build a strong organization by recognizing the values and needs of all employees.
Go to Killer Phrase #2 "If
it ain't broke..."
Go to Killer Phrase #3 "We've
always done it this way."
Go to Killer Phrase #4 "I'll
get back to you."
Go to Killer Phrase #5 "It'll
Go to Killer Phrase #6 "No!""
Go to Killer Phrase #7 "Great
idea, but not for us."
Go to Killer Phrase #8 "Do
you realize the paper work it will create."
Go to Killer Phrase #9 "It
isn't your responsibility."
Go to Killer Phrase #10 "We
tried that before."