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50 positive sentences to be a better manager

Have you ever wondered how some people manage to be appreciated by everyone, even in shark tank companies? A good explanation might be their positive attitude and the way they express it through their language.


I assume you already know the two most important words in business: "thank" and "you". I am sure you also have read Dale Carnegie's book about how to make friends already. So, to help you go one step further into becoming more likable, I have shared with you a few sentences that I find particularly useful to show that you care about the people inside the professionals.  You can find these sentences below. Tell me if they work for you!
  • You can agree with people without being a yes (wo)man. In fact, you should agree a lot, and disagree only when it matters.
    • Goes without saying.  
    • I would love that.
    • Absolutely.
    • Makes sense!
    • Sure.
    • Couldn't agree more!
    • On my way.
  • Getting things done and chasing action owners
    • I know it is a tough deadline, do you feel we can make it together?
    • Yes, I would love some help, but really you've got more important things to do. 
    • I was wondering if you had already had time to read my email below?
    • It's an important action item: is there anything I can do to help you complete it?
    • How does that sound to you? Would you like to move forward? 
  • Proposing help:
    • What can I do for you?
    • How can I support you?
    • What do you need from me to make this a success?
    • Is there any way I can help you? 
  • Reassuring and empathizing:
    • Best of luck!
    • Oh, boy.
    • Barely noticed.
    • Men... 
    • I have complete faith in you.
    • I trust your judgment.
  • Sharing successes
    • God, this is enormously satisfying!
    • Very big day for the team!
    • This was great, Alice.
    • You have done a great job!
  • Questioning
    • What do you think?
    • How would you do it?
    • What should be our priority?
    • What should we take away from this?
    • How could we have done better? 
  • Dealing with interrupters:
    • Please let me finish. 
    • Now is not a good time, may I come back to you at your desk in a 5 minutes? 
    • I will work on it in an instant. I cannot do it right now, but check your inbox in ten minutes and you will have it there. 
      • This is an example of the famous "no" sandwitch, where you say what you can do, then express clearly your NO, then end with another positive thing about what you can do.
  • Introducing emails - even if an intro sentence is quite formal in nature, it helps with people that feel it rude to jump directly to business:
    • I hope you are well. 
    • I hope this email finds you well.
    • I hope you are doing well.
  • Taking blame
    • I am so sorry, this is 100% my fault and I will ensure it does not happen again. Here is how I think we can limit the harm: ...
    • This is entirely my fault.
    • I apologize if I overstepped in some way. 
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