Say What You Mean

Say What You Mean “Say what you mean and mean what you say, but don’t say it mean!”

I recently heard this expression and thought it succinctly summed up my philosophy.

Better yet, I ran across some share-worthy suggestions supporting this thought.  Below are some concrete examples that I found in an article on how teachers can soften the harshness of their report card comments.

Hmmmm….wonder if some of these not-so-mean phrases could be used when sharing concerns in an employee performance review…or with a co-worker?

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HARSH EXPRESSIONS vs.   NOT-SO-MEAN PHRASES

Dirty; has a bad odor

Might need help developing good hygiene habits

Lies

Has difficulty distinguishing between imaginary and factual information

Cheats

Doesn’t adhere to rules and standards of fair play

Lazy

Requires ample supervision in order to work well

Rude

Needs to develop a respectful attitude toward others

Selfish

Doesn’t seem to enjoy sharing with others

Has disgusting eating habits

Could benefit from guidance on table manners

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