all things to all people


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all things to all people

Liked or appreciated by everyone, usually through overt efforts to please them. I know you want your students to like you, but you have to discipline them when they misbehave. You can't be all things to all people. I don't trust that candidate—he is trying to be all things to all people and still hasn't committed to a clear course of action.
See also: all, people, thing
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He added, &uot;As CCC successfully re-invents itself, it is critical that we remain focused on our core competencies and not attempt to be all things to all people.
com wasn't trying to be all things to all people," explains Frontline President and CEO, Stephen J.
that in order to be successful in the Internet industry, companies need to segment, and focus primarily on core competencies rather than trying to be all things to all people.
Whiteman, president and CEO of VIASOFT, commented: "There are some companies who believe they can build their year 2000 solutions from scratch, and be all things to all people.