The only thing wrong with your question was that it contained insufficient context.
Without knowing the overall context of where and how the phrase would be used, it's almost impossible to answer the question. For example, I might suggest amputate unneeded step – I doubt that would be a good alternative, but, without any additional information, it's hard to say for sure.
Moreover, to a carpenter, a step is part of a staircase; to a dancer, it's part of a routine; to a cook, it's part of a recipe; to a pedestrian, it's part of a journey. What kind of step are we removing?
It would also help if you shared some information about your target audience. Who are we addressing? MBA students? Software engineers? Kindergartners? One important factor in figuring out a good way to rephrase something is knowing who will be reading the reworded text.
If you provide such information – to include what you don't like about the current wording – I think you'll get more help. Without that information, though, this isn't about "quality standards" as much as it is about asking questions that are answerable.
That all said, this site does strive for high standards, so it wouldn't hurt to keep that in mind.