When the Truth Lies in Between

Many of us pick up a valuable skill at workplace– of being able to hide what we truly mean behind innocent sounding and non threatening words. Anyways, here are some statements that many of us have heard (and understood what they really mean). And yes, I have used some of them too!

  1. We have seen what you shared. It is good. But we do have some inputs.
    (What they really mean) I am ok with it. But my boss thinks that your piece doesn’t reflect his ideas. I am now going to tell you that you need to rewrite it.
  2. So, we have put together a team of advisors who bring in significant expertise and can make sure that we are proceeding in the right direction.
    (What they really mean) All of them are important people. All of them have to be in the team. You will have to listen to all of them. But you have to make sure that this bus doesn’t go off the cliff!
  3. We want a brief report.
    (What they really mean) It should have everything. It should be a summary. It should have the background. It should showcase our achievements and how we did that and our challenges and why we couldn’t overcome them. And make the challenges seem like grounds for more work (and securing funding). It should also have recommendations. It should also be targeted at policy makers. And we are paying you to make this brief.
  4. We are very close to the end of the road on this.
    (What they really mean) No. We are not.  There will be another couple of rounds of feedback and, maybe, then we will be somewhere close to the middle of the road.
  5. We think that you are best suited to make this presentation.
    (What they really mean) Actually, nobody else wants to do this.
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