Understanding Office Buzzwords and Jargon

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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