Seth Godin has a list of excuses that people give that keeps companies/organizations/groups from moving forward, defending the status quo. Here are a few from his list that I can relate to (and I bet you can too).
"That will never work."
"Can you show me some research that demonstrates that this will work?"
"Well, if you had some real-world experience, then you would understand."
"I don't think our customers will go for that, and without them we'd never be able to afford to try this."
"It's fantastic, but the salesforce won't like it."
"The salesforce is willing to give it a try, but [major retailer] won't stock it."
"Well, this might work for other people, but I think we'll stick with what we've got."
"It's been done before."
"It's never been done before."
"We'll get back to you on this."
Here are a few of my own:
"Our readers won't get that."
"Black covers don't sell."
"White covers don't sell."
"The editor thinks it needs to look more like [insert current bestseller here]."
"We don't have the time to try that."
"We always put the title in upper and lower case."
What are some of yours?