“We’ve always done it that way.”
“It’s not my job.”
If you’re hearing people espouse this kind of thinking at your company, there’s a problem. According to Marissa Levin, CEO of Successful Culture, these phrases represent a “dangerous” corporate mindset that believes there are no more options — and that mindset can quickly result in stagnancy. Here’s how you can flip these phrases to the positive:
Instead of… Use…
“We’ve always done it that way.” “What are some new ways we can approach this?”
“It’s not my job.” “What can I do to support you?”
“We can’t.” “How can we make this happen?”
Levin’s entire article at Inc.com, where she delves deeper into the power of a positive leadership mindset, is worth the read.