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Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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11/3/2014 | 10:35:08 AM
Re: The words get in the way ...of the truth!
That's the best way to look at these words -- to turn them into an opportunity. Sure, it's easier said than done and sometimes we need to take the time to mope and recover from harsh words (whether or not there's truth to them). But if you can take a challenge and turn it into a victory, or take strong criticism and build on it (at that company or another organization), you win. 
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impactnow,
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10/31/2014 | 11:04:21 PM
Re: The words get in the way ...of the truth!

Dave sometimes that is the truth but I once picked up a project that no one wanted and turned it into hundreds of thousands of clients for a company. In my case most people were too afraid to take a risk, if the project failed it would have been the end of the job or career stagnation but if it succeeded it meant a promotion and other opportunities. In that case I was glad I took the project no one wanted.

David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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10/30/2014 | 6:06:05 PM
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@kstaron- I'd like to think some of these phrases, if repeatedly used, would get the attention of HR. In the real world, however, I think the best thing to do is look for another team in your company that might be run by more of a manager.

i should also say, sometime people deserve some of these. A good manager can use some of these as a last resort or as a special hammer. if you deserve it, the best thing to do is shape up. 
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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10/30/2014 | 3:12:37 PM
Re: Beware of the "Special Projects" Department
@somedude- In deed, i have a planned sequel. Since it might not come out until November we might need to change it to things we're thankful our employees don't say" or something. But i definitely planned on turning the tables soon. 
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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10/30/2014 | 3:09:26 PM
Re: The words get in the way ...of the truth!
@imapactnow- Thanks! glad you enjoyed it. Funny, there was a time when I thought I could make a living doing all the projects nobdy wanted to do. I thought if i could be the guy who picked up the trash, I'd be a hero. It doesn't turn out that way. i figured out later they don't want it because it isn't on the right path to success. 
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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10/30/2014 | 3:05:23 PM
Re: Beware of the "Special Projects" Department
@memphisITDude- Oh, so true. Chances are good, you never want your name associated with anything "special." I do know one person, however, who sat under special assignment in a company for 15 years without any real job, but making serious pay. He was sort of forgotten. If your ego can take that sort of thing, it is a pretty good gig. 
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impactnow,
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10/30/2014 | 3:04:24 PM
The words get in the way ...of the truth!

Dave this was just hysterical--for anyone that has worked in corporate America it is the handbook of corporate euphemisms. My other favorite was "I have a great new opportunity for you" clarifications "This is the project no one wants" or "My boss gave me this project and I don't want it so you can do it!"

 

David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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10/30/2014 | 3:03:20 PM
Re: 8 Scariest Comments Your Boss Can Make
@Shane- Ha! Definitely not. Unless the answer was "I was out signing up a new billion dollar client" no answer is going to work there. What's interesting about the "where were you question" is that you don't know who was being unreasonable. You might have a boss who thinks he needs to sit on you, or you might be really terrible about knowing when that lunch was a bad idea. 
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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10/30/2014 | 9:45:36 AM
Re: 8 Scariest Comments Your Boss Can Make
"Where were you?" is never a good thing to be asked.


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