Killing me softly...take/going forward: ~30%
that point in time: ~20%
complete visibility: ~10%
value add: ~10%
up the value chain: ~5%
in this space: ~5%
ramp up: ~5%
due diligence, buy in, action that, skedule, streamline, shoot it out, that point in time: the rest (~15%)
I try and avoid those massively meandering meetings when I can, but sometimes they're unavoidable. A little like Roberto-Benigni-in-concentration-camp during peacetime (actually a lot less watered down), the only way to escape the attendant drudgery is to invent little games and turn the situation on its head.
The above list is from me attempting a ranking of management-speak phrases uttered in a few recent meetings. I don't know if such phrases are addictive or if people consciously adopt the argot to fit in, but more and more people fall prey. I must confess it is a dangerous beast; I occasionally am horrified to hear myself uttering such a phrase when I'm not on guard, but that has happened once in a million. Immediate self-flagellation is the only punishment for this.
Take "going forward". Who retired the phrase "in the future" ? Or why do we say "skedule"?