Fortune magazine just ran an interesting article about the most annoying business expressions and buzzwords. Of course, these terms can change quickly, so it’s always nice to have a recent list of what’s hot in the halls of Corporate America! Here are some terms that Fortunate has identified as most annoying:
Buy-In – agreement on something. Usually used with the verb “to get”. Example: Let’s get buy-in from sales on our new plan. The Fortune magazine article quotes David Logan, professor of management and organization at the University of Southern California: “Asking for someone’s ‘buy-in’ says, ‘I have an idea. I didn’t involve you because I didn’t value you enough to discuss it with you. I want you to embrace it as if you were in on it from the beginning, because that would make me feel really good.’”
Open the kimono - reveal some information, often information that had been kept private before (comes from the Japanese piece of clothing).
Lots of moving parts – used to describe a complicated project or system, one that may be hard to manage because of its compexity.
Best practice – a proven method for getting something done. You will often here “industry best practice is…” According to Fortunate magazine: “It is also perhaps the single most pompous confection the consulting industry has ever dreamed up.” You will of course here it in every MBA program in the world these days, on a daily basis.
For more annoying business buzzwords and slang, go to the Fortunate magazine article here.