17 easy ways to kill any new proposal or idea

September 8, 2006 at 4:02 pm (Pointless Philosophy)

Seth here talks about how status quo can be defended

If your subordinate comes up with a brilliant idea or a new business proposal – these lines will come in handy to promptly reject the proposal with poise and dignity, sort of killing the idea without giving a hint of resistance to change.

  • “That will never work.”
  • “… That said, the labor laws make it difficult for us to do a lot of the suggestions [you] put out. And we do live in a lawsuit oriented society.””
  • “Can you show me some research that demonstrates that this will work?”
  • “Well, if you had some real-world experience, then you would understand.”
  • “I don’t think our customers will go for that, and without them we’d never be able to afford to try this.”
  • “It’s fantastic, but the salesforce won’t like it.”
  • “The salesforce is willing to give it a try, but [major retailer] won’t stock it.”
  • “There are government regulations and this won’t be permitted.”
  • “Well, this might work for other people, but I think we’ll stick with what we’ve got.”
    “We’ll let someone else prove it works… it won’t take long to catch up.”
  • “Our team doesn’t have the technical chops to do this.”
  • “Maybe in the next budget cycle.”
  • “We need to finish this initiative first.”
  • “It’s been done before.”
  • “It’s never been done before.”
  • “We’ll get back to you on this.”
  • “We’re already doing it.”
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    3 Comments

    1. mona said,

      hi anand,
      now write 17 ways to accept the proposal..
      nyways..thanx for suggesting such a nice ideas…
      take care

    2. vanand said,

      I think people already know how to do it, don’t they?
      It’s always easy to say “Yes” than a “No”. :)

      Anyways, Monda – don’t tell me you didn’t find them funny…

    3. Shobz said,

      Awesome ! How close to real facts , Dont we do this almost everyday :)

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