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Friday, September 08, 2006

Defending the Status Quo - Seth Godin

A list that we all recognize posted by Seth Godin - Defending the Status Quo
  • "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."


Davidmcc said...

Some of these comments came up when I worked as an employee, but not so often as a consultant.

Tony Karrer said...

I'm surprised to hear that David, because I hear them all the time as a consultant. But, you are probably right that you hear it less because part of the reason you are there is to do something different.