Leaderspeak: “Tell Me What I Can Do to Help”

“Tell me what I can do to help”

  • Usage: uttered by an administrator or someone else whose support you seek
  • Ostensible meaning: “You have a good idea, and we should move forward with it.”
  • Real meaning: “I will not actively support it, in fact, I don’t even care enough to learn what I can do to support it… if you have to tell me what I need to do I might participate, but I take no responsibility for doing anything further.”