Deflecting Criticism: Cutification™

Sorry about the computer, boss

Like the british accent, Cutification™ is another very effective strategy for deflecting those unneeded criticisms that come your way after missteps such as missing important flights, workplace exaggeration, or computer theft.

To illustrate this point, let’s take one of these typical business situations and see how a Cutification™ scenario might play out.

The simplest strategy I’ve found is to take a simple phrase like “zer” or “ie” and add it to the criticism you’d like to deflect. Say, for example, you slipped up at work and “stole a computer”.

If I was your boss in this situation, I would typically make you wear a sandwich board that says “Guess what? I STOLE A COMPUTER!” and make you stand in the lunch alcove from 12-2 for the next month, or until you quit in shame, whichever comes first.

But, if you happen to “stealzer a computie!“, I would have no other choice but to give you a noogie.

But that’s not the only way you could handle the situation. If you want to go a step further, change the word to how a baby would say it, and say it in an adult baby voice. For example, “I’m sorry boss, I was the one that stole that computer”, would sound like an adult baby said: “I stolie a puter” (pronounced poo-ter).

In my 37 years as a Winner at Business, I have never met a boss who would have the balls to fire a baby, no matter what they did.

Either way you choose to go, your criticism will be deflected, and you can get back to your Winning at Business Ways™.

The Cutification™ tool is an incredibly powerful tool that I believe everyone should keep in the “Criticism Deflectors” pouch of their Workplace Toolbag™.

Master Cutification™. Decrease the power (and harm) of your slip-ups. Win at Business™.

Comments on: "Deflecting Criticism: Cutification™" (4)

  1. a lil' punkin said:

    tanks for the advicesies! rainbows are pretty. monkeys!

  2. Great tool. Is replacing “L” and “R” with “W’s” also an effective cutification method? For example, if I wanted to ask my boss for a raise: “Coose me, but may I pwease have a waise?” Or would that just be outright annoying.

  3. Administrator said:

    GREAT comments guys. Couple of thoughts:

    “lil punkin”: You’re very welcome. I am feeling that you might not be on the right blog, but either way, I’d like to draw a distinction between Cutification™ and words that are just cute.

    Take “monkey” for example. this is a cute word, but in order for my strategy to have it’s full effect on your criticism, you’ll want to change that criticism, and dilute it’s power, instead of adding a new word to the mix.

    Words like “monkey” are cute words on their own, and unless you’re talking like a baby monkey, it will have little effect on your business situation.

    Lauren: That is definately borderline annoying, but I like your adaptation of Cutification™ to diffuse a situation involving workplace feelings.

    I have a future post on navigating workplace negotiations. Stay tuned.

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