Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Buzz Words, Lesson #2

When last we visited corporate America, we were exposed to a new and exciting world of vocabulary. And now, as I am back in the throes of the madness - I thought I would share more "buzz word" knowledge.

"Socialized" - shared knowledge. Pass it around to fellow coworkers and groups so that everyone is aware of what's going on. I socialized this problem with the team in order to cover all bases.

"Adjust for real time" - pretty self-explanatory I think. Adjusting time lines/deadlines to fit realistic dates.

"Reach out" - communicate with. We reached out to the marketing team in order to get the materials out to the customers.

"Spin up" - kind of promote, add responsibility. We will spin up Suzie so that she will be 2nd tier support behind me.

"Shared resource" - personnel that is shared between/paid from different departments. Suzie can't be spun up any higher because she is a shared resource. (this one is my least favorite - I don't like people being referred to as resources)

And that concludes this session of Buzz Words 101, part 2. I will continue to monitor the situation in order to keep us all up to date. Corporate America will thank us.

More later...


Anonymous said...

Ah, yes, corporate BS--I mean buzz words. I've heard " shared resource" and at my job the word "dialogue" is a substitute for "reach out" as in "Let's dialogue about this project." And in my department "socialized" means we all sit around for a little while in the morning when we come in to "dialogue" about what TV shows we watched the previous evening.


J.Doe said...

Thanks for the lesson. I didn't know any of them.

sognatrice said...

Wow, you certainly don't make me miss Corporate America very much ;)

Reading Andrea's comment, though, since when is "dialogue" a verb? Makes me cringe just as much as I when I hear people who think they can "conversate" ;)

Kataroma said...

Wow I feel kind of out of it living in Italy! I haven't heard any of those buzz words.

I remember "incentivize" used to drive me nuts back when I worked in corporate America. Are they still using that one?