We had some jargon at the law firm, but nothing like this. My favorite term from the law firm was “beauty contest,”which is when a law firm puts on a presentation for a prospective client. I picture a dozen fleshy, middle-aged men wearing Speedos and parading around a conference table. Yikes.
Tone at the Top — a new way of saying a fish stinks from the head down.
What’s the Ask—what the hell do you want from me?
Action Item—something you have to do or else it will be a Missed Opportunity
Dialog— to talk or speak. Why can’t we just say talk or speak?
Backburner—we aren’t going to do this project after all. So all that work you did over the past few weeks? Trash it.
— new ways to make money. If the innovation strategies don’t work, there will be more Infrastructure Adjustments and some Talent will be Seeking New Opportunities.
Alignment – Conformance with the company’s strategic initiatives, mission, values, goals, etc. Being in alignment is important unless you want to end up Seeking New Opportunities.
Buy in – agreement. Sort of like Alignment but usually refers to whether management will agree to a new idea or project. It all depends on whether management is able to Think Outside the Box.
Check the box – when you do something just for the sake of doing it, so you can take it off your list of Action Items. It’s something that really doesn’t matter; for example, doing your self-evaluation in December when management decided your performance rating in September. See Org Review. Not to be confused with Think Outside the Box.
Career Limiting Move—speaking honestly to management. They really don’t want to hear it. Can lead to Seeking New Opportunities.
Throw under the bus—what your boss or colleague does to you when she doesn’t want to take the blame for something stupid that she did. Also what happens during Org Review if an employee has made a Career Limiting Move. (There will be a lot of blog entries about this!)
Town Hall – a meeting with management where the CEO asks if there are any questions and no one speaks up for fear of making a Career Limiting Move.
Run this to ground – find the answer that management wants to hear. Do it fast too because the VP already told the CEO that this could be done and we don’t want the VP to lose face. Work all weekend if you have to. (Another blog entry topic.)
Verbiage—they’re called words, dammit, call them words.
Work-life balance—when you get your work done you can go home.
Hard stop—the time when a meeting has to end because the manager wants to go see his kid play basketball.
Dead wood—an employee who is terrible at his or her job but the manager does not want to go to the trouble of documenting the problem or dealing with HR in order to fire him. Better to wait until the next Infrastructure Adjustment.
Face time – time spent in the office goofing off but looking like you are working. Done to avoid having to Seek New Opportunities.
High level it – put three bullet points on a Power Point presentation because the VP doesn’t like to read long documents.
Deep dive—do more than put three bullet points on a Power Point presentation, but not too much more because the VP doesn’t like to read long documents.