The Friday Funny: Buzzwords about office personalities & politics

There are some brilliant jokes doing the rounds about the various characters one encounters at work, and the interesting rituals that are part of organizational life.

Adding a fresh perspective to these – and with some knowledge jewels for personnel evaluation – are the following buzzwords sampled from (with contributor attributions where available) – click through to the site to see their extensive list covering a range of topics!

blamestorming: A group process where participants analyze a failed project and look for scapegoats other than themselves.
Nominated by Sheri Kiddy

coachable moment: An opportunity to give on-the-spot, real-time feedback to an employee who just screwed up.
Nominated by Gail Felipe

empowerment: The corporate mantra of the late ’90s used to deceive subordinates into believing they actually were allowed to think and make decisions on their own.
Nominated by Bill Albrecht

meeting: Any gathering where minutes are kept but hours are lost.
Nominated by Roxy Gwynn

meta ignorance: Not knowing what you don’t know. “At least I have a clue about what I don’t know, but my boss suffers from meta ignorance.”
Nominated by Steve Hannaford

nanomanagers: Bosses who have taken micromanaging to a whole new level of nitpicking.
Nominated by Stephen Stone

Pitt Principle: The Peter Principle says managers fail because they rise to their level of incompetence. The Pitt Principle says that sometimes incompetence is exactly what the people in charge want. Coined by columnist Paul Krugman in The New York Times in reference to SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt for his repeated efforts to water down SEC enforcement.
Nominated by Mark Worden

Pointy-Haired-Boss (PHB): The boss character in the comic Dilbert that has come to represent all clueless managers, especially those who are technologically challenged.
Nominated by David Miller

PowerPoint Ranger: Someone with no real-world experience who relies heavily on PowerPoint presentations to express even the simplest ideas. Term likely originated in the Department of Defense.
Nominated by Larry Shenosky

previously undetected recruiting error (PURE): Used to describe a recent hire who looked good on paper but has proved to be somewhat lacking once on the job.
Nominated by David Hilary

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