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asksqn
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10/30/2014 | 10:28:59 PM
Free yourself from the tyranny of corporate employment
All of which is exactly why if you can be your own boss, then you should!
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. 
kstaron
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kstaron,
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10/30/2014 | 6:03:24 PM
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Oh my, I know someone that's heard over half of these and worse. Including 'it must be something you coded', when something blew up instead of the code the boss wrote with obvious mistakes. (Needless to say resumes are circulating.)

Now what can we do to make those phrases less scary? Other than having our skills up to date and a number of a headhunter?
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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10/30/2014 | 3:12:37 PM
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@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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10/30/2014 | 3:09:26 PM
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@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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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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10/30/2014 | 3:03:20 PM
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@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. 
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10/30/2014 | 1:32:06 PM
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When I see "1 of 10", I look for "read as list". When that is missing I've learned it's best just to move on. When I'm bored I might take time to leave a comment first. :-)
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10/30/2014 | 1:00:01 PM
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These are all very scary! I have been subjected to them all. The scariest is vacation...don't mess with my family vacay!
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