Few phrases have been used as often and as unnecessarily in business as think outside the box -instead of providing people with vague directives and no concrete instruction, it’s better to suggest a more creative approach, supplementing this with some examples of what could be done differently.
Purple prose has no place in business - save unnecessary adjectives for the great novels, and keep your attention to clear language that doesn’t leave any space for misunderstanding. Unless your client or employee is from a dystopian future, drop the ‘laser’, and stick to ‘focus’ or ‘attention’.
Another classic example of a totally vague directive to be more creative, the phrase blue sky thinking has become truly antiquated and may confuse candidates more than anything else if they’re considering applying for a position within your company.
There are few things a grating as being reminded to keep the ‘big picture’ in mind, especially when it’s a response to a request for help on an ongoing problem. Using flowery language in place of concrete advice will not be viewed favourably by anyone - people will appreciate honesty and openness in favour of this.
Sometime in the past, someone decided to replace perfectly useable words like team work and collaboration with phrases like synergy, and the world hasn’t been quite the same since. To ensure total clarity, it’s better to stick with simple language.
Not only is the actual meaning of this phrase rooted in baseball, but it is a vague response to what should actually be a concrete time and place to meet. Instead of hoping you’ll keep in touch abstractly, if you want to catch up with someone, its’ better to just tell them so instead of hoping they’ll be proactive about it.
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