Hyperbole makes management harder

There are at least two problems when a leader describes situations as “terrible”. One is that it requires action – “so what are you going to do about it?” So there were “millions of fraudulent votes” in the election? Fix it!

Another results from overuse of the word “terrible”. If everything is terrible, if everything is a priority, nothing is.

Certainly this rhetorical strategy works for grabbing attention, but it’s a terrible strategy for management.