Passive Aggressive Language: 5 Ways to Say (or Hear) “No”

  1. Will you guarantee its success?

(as though you could guarantee success in anything)


  1. Will you take personal responsibility for its success?

(as though you were not personally responsible for anything else you do)


  1. Will you give me daily updates on its progress?

(so frequent and detailed you won’t have time to get anything else done)


  1. If I let you do ‘x’, then I want your commitment to do ‘y’ also.

(and you know we don’t have the money to do both well).


  1. Don’t we already do that?

(I’m practicing misdirection. What were we talking about?)

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