Every office has a manager or co-worker that constantly spews office jargon or buzzwords. Here are few that I’ve noticed and their real meanings.
C-level conversations – I used to think this meant having a discussion that everyone would understand. Think of a guru coming down from a high mountain sanctuary and coming down to “sea-level” so that they could explain it to the layman. Nope, it means “CEO type” conversations, the kind that gets you promoted real quick if you promise them things
Inside Baseball – I’ve got all the knowledge and I will use it to my advantage while sharing none of it
Team Player – Does the work of everyone else
Play Catch-up – I want to see what you’ve been doing while I was on vacation because I didn’t have the chance to micromanage you then.
Table the Issue – I don’t want to discuss this now this now because I don’t know what I’m talking about.
Devil’s in the Details – I know you are wrong, but I just don’t know how to prove it yet.
Play Devil’s Advocate – I want to rip your idea to shreds in front of everyone.
Putting Out Fires – Fixing the mistakes of others because of their incompetence
Low Hanging Fruit – Easiest part of the job that others volunteer for first.
Win/Win – In any outcome I will look good and take all the credit and you will still go unrecognized.
Brainstorming – I’m out of ideas and I need the group to give me one to steal