Monday, August 8, 2011

Let's circle back and address this synergy

While I'm fluent in "corporate speak," I hate it. Seems to me that people need to say what they mean to say without disguising simple thoughts with clusters of words that may or may not exist. It's almost as though people with grandiose titles think that sputtering nonsense conceals the fact that they don't really know what they're talking about.

Here are some of my least favorites:
Surplussed - a fairly polite way to describe being fired
Deck - PowerPoint presentation
Cross-training - learning another employee's job so you can pile on to your already crushing workload in case they go on leave, or are "surplussed"
Apples-to-Apples - comparing like sets of data
Leverage - to use a resource
Recontextualize - examine an organization's place in a business environment (Is that even a word??)
Drill down - examine in more detail

For your edification, see this comprehensive list, and add your own hated corporate speak.

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