The Killer In Me Is the Killer In You

In their book, “Applied Organizational Communication,” Havis & Nelson list 59 “KILLER STATEMENTS” that reframe ideas to a negative fashion, thereby exterminating creative thought.  As all rules are made to be broken & contextualization is needed here, this list will still challenge and convict you!

  • We tried that before.
  • Our place is different.
  • It costs too much.
  • That’s beyond our responsibility.
  • That’s not my job.
  • We’re all too busy to do that.
  • It’s too radical a change.
  • We don’t have enough time.
  • Not enough help.
  • That will make other equipment obsolete.
  • Let’s make a market research test of it first.
  • Our office is too small for that.
  • Not practical for operating people.
  • The staff will never buy it.
  • Bring it up again in six months.
  • We’ve never done it before.
  • It’s against company policy.
  • Runs up our overhead.
  • We don’t have the authority.
  • That’s too ivory tower.
  • Let’s get back to reality.
  • That’s not our problem.
  • Why change it, it’s still working ok.
  • I don’t like the idea.
  • You’re right, but…
  • You’re two years ahead of your time.
  • We’re not ready for that.
  • We don’t have the money, equipment, room, and/or personnel.
  • It isn’t in the budget.
  • Can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
  • Good thought, but impractical.
  • Let’s hold it in abeyance.
  • Let’s give it more thought.
  • Top management would never go for it.
  • Let’s put it in writing.
  • We’ll be the laughing stock.
  • Not that again.
  • We’d loose money in the long run.
  • Where’d you dig that one up?
  • We did all right without it.
  • That’s what we can expect from the staff.
  • It’s never been tried before.
  • Let’s shelf it for the time being.
  • Let’s form a committee.
  • Has anyone else ever tried it?
  • Customers won’t like it.
  • I don’t see the connection.
  • It won’t work in our company.
  • What you’re really saying is…
  • Maybe that will work in your department, but not in mine.
  • The Executive Committee will never go for that.
  • Don’t you think we should look into it further before we act?
  • What do they do in our competitor’s company?
  • It won’t pay for itself.
  • It can’t be done.
  • It’s too much trouble to change.
  • I know a person who tried it.
  • It’s impossible.
  • We’ve always done it this way.

~ by Dave Smith on March 3, 2008.

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