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3 Things You Should Never Say at Work

When it comes to getting ahead, sometimes it's not what you say -- it's what you avoid saying that really counts. As always, it's the little things that trip us up.

Steven Barnes at Levo League has a great list of these seemingly innocuous, but potentially career-killing misstatements. These were a few of my (least) favorites:

1. "That's not my job."

Everyone has worked with someone who says this, and no one has enjoyed it. While it's perfectly appropriate to ask your boss to help you prioritize tasks or to direct a colleague to someone who can better solve their issue, it's important to express it in a way that doesn't sound like you're telling your coworker that you don't care about their problem.

2. "Last night was so crazy."

Never give your boss a reason to think you might be hungover, tired, or less-than-focused on the task at hand. He or she is unlikely to be impressed with your keg-stand prowess anyway. Save those stories for your friends.

3. "This might sound stupid, but..."

It might not have sounded stupid, but now that you've said that, it will. Don't be your own worst frenemy.

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3 Comments

  1. 3 No Spam 10 Jul

    In matrix management #1 is a given ... because half the time the guy handing you work doesn't have a clue what else you're working on, and will assume -- regardless of what you say or ask in the way of prioritization -- that _his_ task _will_ take _top_ priority because most of the time they're glorified bean counters with MBAs and think everything works on the LIFO principle (Last In, First Out) popular in accounting with regard to inventory valuation at the end of quarters. 

  2. 2 Joe 06 Jan

    Edward,

    Use Spell chack if you are going to complain about the education level of your superiors.  This would be one suggestion. 

  3. 1 Edward Zaccari 18 May

    The biggest problem with the corporation I work for is the management team is not truly composed of collage grads, who actually have management skills other then the road of hard knocks. Our company is purely political. In other words you have to know someone near or at the top, in order to climb the ladder. The goon we have for a president, was appointed by the mayor, to the post. In other words he's a bean counter and second grad politician... thus he doesn't know anything about transportation and hates his job, thus making everyone miserable. How would you tackle that one, Dear Pay Scale, staff?!

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