You hear clichés every day, whether they are in marketing pitches or in the conference room while you are in the middle of a meeting. One cliché that needs to go is the idea of “110%”. It just sounds condescending when you consider the fact that the people you are saying it to are probably already working as hard as they possibly can to get the best results possible. Instead of using this cliché, you should try to encourage your team to give it their all in a less belittling way, one that would respect the work that they have already put in.
Additionally, we need to stop singling out women in management by using the term “girlboss”. The whole point of equality in the workplace is that women want to be treated equally, which means they want the same opportunities to succeed. Women in management do not want to be singled out like this, so using gender neutral terms like the age old and already prevalent “boss” is going to be a much better direction for you and your team to take.
Perhaps the most stuck up terms in the world of business these days are nebulous terms such as “thought leader” and “influencer”. First things first, these are not actual titles. No company is going to hire you to be their thought leader or their influencer, and if you add this terminology to your resume or LinkedIn profile chances are that you’re just going to make people think that you are stuck up and think too highly of yourself. This is why it is very important for you to look into better options. A thought leader is basically someone that comes up with good ideas and knows how to implement these ideas. Such a trait can actually prove valuable to a company, but it is not all that the company is going to need. Essentially, you need to start showing your worth using better language.
Another trend in business that needs to stop is referring to something as the (insert company here) of (inset market here). For example, calling an innovative idea in the world of fast food as the “Uber” of fast food. This gives new companies unnecessary pressure to act according to precedent rather than trying to find their own way. Besides, it is highly unlikely that your company is going to be as groundbreaking as Uber, and even if it is you are going to have to show it by walking the walk instead of talking the talk.
Entrepreneurial culture is incredible and it is what is making the world a better place today, but the self aggrandizing tone of entrepreneurs can really get on people’s nerves at times. Things would go a lot more smoothly if people in the world of business stopped thinking of themselves as kings of the world before they have even managed to do anything worthwhile!