"It isn't your responsibility."
What this means is that outside-the-box thinking is a nice place to visit, but you couldn't possibly live there. When someone uses this phrase, what he's really saying is:

That's not your department.
You're overextended.
Let the other guys take the risk.
That isn't in your job description.
"It’s not your problem, so don't worry about it!"

What to Do About It
Reframe the situation to show why your involvement is a key to success.

Present a new view. Those in positions of responsibility are often too close to the problem. When managers at IBM Credit shifted their perspective from internal specialist to external sales representative, they immediately discovered ways to reduce overhead, increase productivity and trim a six-day application process to four hours.

Empower yourself. Is the naysayer afraid you'll get too involved in the new idea and then get behind in your work? If you're committed to testing your idea, offer to work on it after-hours.

Share the vision. In today's workplace, organizational success is everyone's responsibility. Show how the problem is affecting your organization's core beliefs.

Become a catalyst. Explain how you can champion innovation by helping to speed up processes, knock down bureaucracy and cut through red tape.

Tips For Leaders
Take your organization to the leading edge by evaluating ideas based on merit, not job function. GE, Dep Corporation and Steelcase break hierarchical stereotypes to invite shared visions and thinking without boundaries. The next time you need an innovative solution try asking, "What would happen if we viewed this problem from a different perspective?"

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 NEVER Work."
Go to Killer Phrase #6
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."

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