Okay, let’s think outside the box for a moment. Reach out to your team, engage them and if no one pushes back, get them working on that process map. Had enough yet? I’ll admit it, as annoying as they are; business buzzwords fascinate me – their origin, meaning, etc. But because I work primarily at home alone or with patients, I’m not exposed to the latest jargon. I have to call upon my corporate world contacts (Shout out to my anonymous source!) find out the latest. One obvious thing about most biz words is that they are action-oriented, but also a tad testosterone-laden (see: “drill down” or “SWAT team” to “attack” the problem.). So in the same spirit as Office Bingo, let’s have some fun with them.
Choose the answer that best defines the Buzzwords below…
1. “Software Agnostic” is___
a. Someone who is skeptical about software in general.
b. Someone who is ambivalent about converting religious texts to a Kindle-friendly format.
c. I have no idea.
2. “Coach out” means____
a. Help someone through a difficult problem.
b. Take time to mentor a co-worker outside of work.
c. Fire someone.
3. Build a “deck” means___
a. Creating software to support a particular function.
b. Create a Power Point presentation.
c. Building a spot to enjoy margaritas this summer.
4. “Rationalize” headcount means___
a. Justify hiring more staff.
b. Build a credible argument for your lame idea.
c. “Right-size” or fire people.
5. “Informational meeting” is___
a. To briefly touch base with the team.
b. Anything HR presents to staff.
c. A gathering where people tell you what you already know.
6. “TUT pass” is___
a. A quick run-through of a proposal.
b. An offsite function at the latest King Tut exhibition.
c. Technical unit test passage or software test.
1. c. Not a clue; let me know if you know.
Here’s what your score tells you about your biz buzz grasp:
If you got more than 4 correct answers, you need to get out of the office more. If you only got 2 right, there’s hope for you.
Related topics: Best and Worst Business Buzzwords
This is a post by Nancy LaFever. You can read more from her at the Centre for Emotional Wellbeing blog.