It happens in sports. We hear it in politics and business. Cliches are all around us. It probably happens the most when people don’t really know what to say. Sportscasters use cliches to get them through a segment when there is a lull in the action:
- “Pound for pound, this team is as good as they’ve ever been.”
- “There is no ‘I’ in team.”
- “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.”
- “You can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him.”
We also hear it in business and political news:
- “The ball is now in their court.”
- “What we need is a balanced approach.”
- “The buck stops here.”
- “We have to look at things from a 30,000 foot level.”
Cliches help us bridge conversation gaps. When you can’t think of something original, then go ahead and pull out a tried and tested line that has been used before. It’s pretty normal to do so in conversations with people, but not in leadership.
Leadership isn’t a cliche and can’t be treated that way You can’t just go to a “special box” and pull out a new leadership line that can bridge a leadership gap. People see through all of that fluff. Leadership is real and needs real and committed people to take it and treat it seriously.
Now GO lead!
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