Management clichés

Management clichés: ‘Let’s think outside the box!’

It’s funny how related ideas can appear in different places in the space of a few days and really capture your imagination.  About a week ago I read a fascinating article in Inc about a software company where the executive team, having come up with a shortlist of three candidates for the post of the … Continued

Management clichés: ‘People are our greatest asset’

This particular cliché is often used in the belief that it demonstrates to employees how much they are valued.  The truth behind its sentiment however is often debatable, and people are not usually taken in for long by nice words if they are not matched by appropriate action. If we look at the definition of … Continued

Management clichés: ‘I’m not here to be liked!’

Being a manager involves making tough decisions, especially when the economic climate is as gloomy as it is at the moment.   Many of these decisions will be unpopular – nobody likes to hear about job cuts, pay freezes or pet projects being put on hold.  Although it’s difficult to do what’s best for the organisation … Continued

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