I can’t help you…I’m bleeding.

Last September 4,I was browsing the internet when I saw the yahoo news headline—Russian mayor bans phrase “I don’t know”. Nope, it’s not that he expects his staff to be a walking encyclopedia or freaking genius, he just wants to take things in a different level–in terms of work attitude that is. He expects his people take action, to be more proactive. Other banned expressions include:

1. What can we do?
2. It’s not my job.
3. It’s impossible.
4. I’m having lunch
5. I was away/sick/on vacation.

Officials who disobey the ban while in the mayor’s office “will near the moment of their departure,” the statement said.

Providing the mayor with wrong or incomplete information, or being late in reporting important information will be considered an attempt to undermine his work, it said.

-quote from Yahoo News-


I guess there’s no more room for procrastination or any form of slacking off for them. Boo! Why can’t people in the office be like the Russians?? Why can’t we be more customer-oriented? I guess we only show how proactive we are when we get something out of it–I am not generalizing but maybe most of us extrinsically motivated. I know I do sometimes. We grew up being spoon fed. I guess old habits, die hard and we’re just too stubborn to get involved in other people’s ‘misery’ business.

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