Yeah, the guys over here probably think they’re pretty hot stuff, right?
After all, it’s definitely a very cool thing to be able to print off your own specially configurable buzzword card from the web, take it to the next buttock-shrivelling meeting you have to attend, patiently tick off the matches against your boss’s (or boss’s boss’s boss’s) tedious meanderings, and finally get yourself fired by standing up during his/her peroration and shouting ‘Bingo!’
I can’t be the only one, can I?
But I’m afraid that synergizing, leveraging and proactivity (so last century), just won’t cut it any more. I learned at a presentation today that the cool kids have moved on:
Once upon a time, benighted souls referred to ‘ways of dealing with people’, but now, we have engagement models instead. Aren’t you glad?
Better yet, consider the case of disintermediation, a bloody awful word if ever there was one, but which did at least once have a meaning, namely ‘getting rid of the man in the middle’.
It now seems to be used to mean ‘placing oneself in the middle when one really shouldn’t be’, the precise opposite. (Example usage: ‘If you find my guys are disintermediating you, tell them to get out of the way, and then tell me so I can fire them’).
(I’m supposing that this semantic shift reflects the fact that being able to say ‘disintermediation’ an hour into a meeting is a mark of exceptional, rather suspicious, and evidently promotable keenness, and thus that attention to the obvious literal meaning of the word looks pretty effete and is frankly an indication of sackability. That’s a terrible word also, in every way.)
Finally, I can offer to managers the rousing cheer that one is raising the bar so that you guys can swing from it.
Nobody present had sufficient courage to ask whether a noose would be involved, but my making that observation evidently reflects no more than deficiencies in my own reserves of can do, an old favourite I don’t hear as often as I’d expect.
Look sharp, CT’ers. I’m looking for some other good examples to add to my own Bingo Card. Suggestions?