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Friday, January 4, 2013
The USA Today reported that the most influential word used in 2012 was “apocalypse”. Other doomsday words like “fiscal cliff,” “rogue nukes,” and “global warming,” were also top words and phrases according to the Global Language Monitor. Is it any wonder why people feel frayed, tired, and leery?
Which words did you use most last year? Which words were most popular in your company culture? Which words did you rely on the most as a leader?
We would be wise to be more mindful of the words we use. Indeed, even the often used “we” instead of “me” can be readily abused. Because we’ve all heard people who may say “we,” but really mean “ME.” Such language not only erodes credibility, but it also destroys trust and weakens morale.
If you find yourself raising your voice and repeating yourself often in order to get things done, perhaps it is time to ask how the words you are using could be part of the problem. Are you unconsciously destroying your effectiveness with negative words? How would things be better if you chose differently?
Which words will you choose to use most this year? Which words will you make popular in your company culture? Which words will you rely on the most as a leader this year?
Indeed, we would be wise to be more mindful of the words we use.