6 professional ways to say ‘this sucks’

How do you tell your colleagues or subordinates their work isn’t up to par?

I just sat through an incredibly painful review of a branding document 18 months in the making. As the team made its presentation, the faces of the review board went from enthusiastic to concerned to horrified. Here’s what they said:

1. It looks like management didn’t communicate some important points to your team.

2. You may be a little too close to the project.

3. We need an outside perspective.

4. I was envisioning something more along the lines of competitor x.

5. I don’t think this will get us the results we’re looking for.

6. We’re not quite there yet.

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