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January 20, 2005

News & Opinion: Has Your Paradigm Shifted Today?

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 4:25 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

If youve ever caught yourself uttering phrases like Ill keep you in the loop, or Lets run it up the flagpole and see who salutes, you need to put your use of buzzwords on a low-carb diet.
In a poll of senior executives from the nations 1,000 largest companies, executives were asked, What is the most annoying or overused phrase or buzzword in the workplace today? Here are their responses.
At the end of the day
Solution
Thinking outside the box
Synergy
Paradigm
Metrics
Take it offline
Redeployed people
On the runway
Win-win
Value-added
Get on the same page
Customer centric
Generation X
Accountability management
Core competency
Alignment
Incremental
Here are a few more that make me run for the exit:
Best-in-class
Best of Breed
Offload
Seamless
Ramp up
Mission-critical
Scalable
Bleeding edge
Frictionless
World Class (fill in the blank)
If you need a dictionary to decipher the jargon in your life, click over to John Walstons site, BuzzWhack. Walstons site uses good-natured humor to skewer the companies and individuals who use buzzwords to "impress" and befuddle the rest of us.
The complete article on the poll results can be found at http://www.accountemps.com/PressRoom?inTrack=pressRoom.

About Dylan Schleicher


Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.