I believe there are a few important life-phrases to master: “I’m sorry;” “I didn’t know that;” and “tell me more.”
Inc.com has a list of 9 things great leaders say that I find shareworthy: nine phrases that should roll off your lips every single day.
I wrote ten because I really like the addition of “I didn’t know that” to “tell me more.” Your team wants to know that you recognize there are limits to your knowledge, are interested in their insights, and you value the source enough to listen.
The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Dealing With Excuses, by James Altucher on TechCrunch preaches to the back-row bunch. What do you want to do that you’re not doing because you tell yourself:
- I don’t have money.
- I don’t have equipment.
- I don’t have time.
- I’m not good enough.
- I don’t have a degree.
- I’m not in the right location.
- I don’t have the right network.
- It’s too crazy.
- I don’t have talent.
This is one of those great motivational articles we need to keep in our back pocket. If it was the 1980s, your grandmother would have cut it out of her newspaper, along with a perfectly on-point Dear Abby, and given it to you the next time she saw you. I’m going to fold this up and put it in my digital back pocket for those days when I need a kick in the pants.