Lee Rosen has an important reminder for all managers.
“It takes a while to fully appreciate that the stupid crap we say all day has an impact. We know we’re just talking, but the folks who work for us think it all matters. We’re the boss.”
It’s true, and since Lee also quoted Manager Tools, you know I would agree with the description of walking around with a neon sign that says “I can fire you”. Whatever words you choose to use with your reports, will become the official company statement in their minds.
Consider that before you speak. It matters.