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General Chat Thread, Let's have an "idea shower" - 50 office-speak phrases you love to hate in General; Originally Posted by mrbios I can't believe there are 50 things in a list and not once is the phrase ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbios View Post
    I can't believe there are 50 things in a list and not once is the phrase "pro-active" mentioned
    Because proactive is actually a useful word... Proactive network management for example - ie. preventing things from breaking rather than fire fighting and fixing breakages.

    Proactive is a good word, so long as it is used correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Proactive is a good word, so long as it is used correctly.
    Ahhh so that's where people around me are going wrong, when it's used 4 times in once sentence it becomes one of these things that you want to punch someone in the teeth over.

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    I find it particularly irritating when in council meetings people who have never worked in the private sector in their lives use business speak. They generally get it wrong, out of context and look\sound awful when doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    I find it particularly irritating when in council meetings people who have never worked in the private sector in their lives use business speak. They generally get it wrong, out of context and look\sound awful when doing it.
    Classic example of them not thinking outside the box and just not blue sky thinking at all then? Someone needs to have some face-time with them and tell them they need to give 110%. Maybe you could touch base with them soon?


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    Anyone on here play "Bullsh1t Bingo"? It's rather funny, and along these lines..

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    Good article (although granularity got a mention 2/3 times...never heard that one) not sure why incentivise made the grade though?

    I have a pet hate of any Brit uttering the 'step up/step up to the plate' or any other baseball/top ten dance craze movie of the week rubbish.

    110% has also irked me hugely, I'm glad there are still enlightened people that grasp percentages!

    Joe

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    "it will affect there learning" this one really gets on my nerves - normally after i have said i will not unblock a website!

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    "Adopting a holistic approach" is one that gets on my wick. I have a strange urge to murder the person who utters it in meetings.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirbendy View Post
    Anyone on here play "Bullsh1t Bingo"? It's rather funny, and along these lines..
    Not recently but there were pre-prepared grids for some meetings when I was in the RAF! Only thing that kept you awake / sane...

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    Since good ideas are often referred to as golden, what do you call an idea shower which actually produces good ideas?

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    OMG jamesb you are so bad!!! lol

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    Apparently one our schools goals is to "delight the stakeholders"

    What is wrong with common or garden language that everyone can understand?

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    Not mine but is worth posting.

    "I, for one, am excited to have pinged you offline about the corporate jargon engagement as it pertains to Web 2.0 and social networking. I thought the take-away was crisp and actionable, and very leverageable for our time-critical human-capital management push to be launched soon.

    Rather than offshore our best practices, we must execute on them, virally, wirelessly, securely, and with excellence and innovation. Online collaboration, m-learning, and SaaS have allowed us to engage, embrace, and extend our efforts, as have reengineered customer relationship management and teleworking via Twitter, SMS, iPhone, and social networking. But we must relentlessly google for answers, fedex them, skype our colleagues, webex our learning, and knowledge management, while scanning the environment for new sustainable solutions, that are, of course, innovative, creative, orthogonal, and lateral.

    In conclusion, in this post-9/11 world, we have to hope, and we have to change, and we have to deliver on that hope and change, and preserve those deliverables for our future and the future of our planet. And our children. Remember the children. And the avatars.
    Clarification added July 12, 2008:
    Shout-out to Doug: Thanks for the heads-sup and kudos but WTF? RTFM, ROFL and see the first para! (ooh, nw gt gen-y n hr 2)

    Agree with the jargon being useful if not overused, expanded beyond its original use, or most typically, to obfuscate or hide from responsibility . But then again, I like English and American English speakers in particular because it's really very permissive."

    Kevin H. posted on Linkedin.com

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