Like many people, I find it irritating whenever I hear meaningless business phrases used over and over again. You know, things like:
- We should leverage the engineering team for this project.
- Can we gain any synergies by doing this?
- We don’t have the bandwidth on our team to take this on.
- Let’s discuss this offline (as in not in the current meeting).
Meaningless business jargon is so commonplace in daily corporate life that someone created Business Buzzword Bingo a while back — a fun game to play while sitting in meetings.
I recently heard a new term which a quick internet search reveals isn’t apparently all that new: “bad optics”. I saw this in some meeting notes that were being sent around, and I chuckled at the time, thinking whoever took the notes either misunderstood what was being said (perhaps “OpEx”, often short for “Operating Expenses”, or “Operational Excellence”) or had an overly aggressive spell checker.
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