Leadership has moved on but we still see old attitudes creeping in. For example, I used to use the “No News is Good News” phrase all the time. When you apply this to employees it can be like you are inferring that your team will keep on doing something until you tell them to do something else. Fortunately, I can’t ever remember using this phrase on employees but I still see it being used in this way on occasion.
Seems to me that making the effort to communicate clearly, fully and transparently to the team motivates and inspires them to achieve, deliver results and add value. If your team know how the company makes money and how they contribute to that, they are more likely to focus their efforts on the things that matter. Couple this communication with a culture where employees are praised and rewarded for their contribution and you will spiral upwards at a phenomenal rate.
There are many other similar phrases that should have been left behind years ago. For example, “Figure it out for yourselves.” I have seen weak managers use this phrase thinking that they are challenging and empowering the team. Bottom line is, the manager is not providing the proper leadership, training and mentoring that the team needs. Again, fix this problem and the team will be stronger and more self-sufficient.
If you have examples of worn out management speak please share them and let us know how you handle the situation nowadays.