Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Killer Phrase

Have You Ever Heard a Killer Phrase?
I’m sure you have. Here’s a definition:

Killer Phrase (kiler fraz) n.
1. a knee-jerk response that squelches new ideas; most commonly said by bosses and government officials  2. a threat to innovation

Examples (These are like FROWNS):

  1. “We tried that before.”
  2. “Don’t ROCK the BOAT!”
  3. “Get a committee to look into that.”
  4. “It’ll Never Fly.”
  5. “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”
  6. “Yes, BUT….”
  7. “The boss will NEVER go for it.”
  8. “It’s not in the Budget.”
  9. “Put it in writing.”
  10. “We’ve always done it THIS way.”



Now you know for sure that you have heard a killer phrase. Probably many times in your life time.

Can you think of something to say that might be encouraging and helpful? Here’s a few I thought of that might be better to say when we’re presented with a new idea or concept:

Examples (These are like SMILES):

  1. Great idea!
  2. That’s sure worth a try.
  3. You know, that just might work!
  4. I like the way you think.
  5. Let’s try this out right away.
  6. Good job! You’re good at thinking outside the box.
  7. You have a fresh idea. Way to go!
  8. That looks good to me.
  9. Hey man, the boss is going to like that!
  10. Hey, this would pay for itself in a week!


Being positive goes along way in creating an atmosphere for creativity. It also makes what we do more fun.

Our daughter, Bethany, headed back to Rochester, NY, yesterday. Here’s a picture Beverly took of Bethany and I at the airport while we were doing some last minute visiting. We really enjoyed being with Bethany and all the family during the Thanksgiving holidays!
Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
To profit from good advice requires more wisdom than to give it.

Quote of the Day
Nothing in life is to be feared. 
It is only to be understood.
~Marie Curie

Joke of the Day

The joke below is a repeat due to popular demand:
A man placed some flowers on the grave of his dearly departed mother and started back toward his car when his attention was diverted to another man kneeling at a grave.

The man seemed to be praying with profound intensity and kept repeating, "Why did you have to die? Why did you have to die?"

The first man approached him and said, "Sir, I don't wish to interfere with your private grief, but this demonstration of pain is more than I've ever seen before. For whom do you mourn so deeply?
A child? A parent?"

The mourner took a moment to collect himself, then replied, "My wife's first husband."

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1 comment:

a corgi said...

I hadn't seen that joke before, too funny!! I like the positive statements versus negative; always try to do that in my interactions with others, especially young people; can't squelch their enthusiam with negative thinking; your daughter is beautiful! so glad you got to spend time with her :)