Going back to work hasn’t been as traumatic as I was worried it would be. The new software isn’t as daunting as I anticipated, although I shake my head that we’ve made things so complicated in trying to make them easier. The steps to set up your various screens so you can “share” during an online presentation make my head hurt – luckily I don’t see that I will have to personally worry about this for quite some time.
There is a new phrase that I’m hearing a lot since I came back (a whooping three weeks) … “socializing the idea”. I don’t know if this is a Corporate America thing or just my company but I’ve heard at least 4 people use the phrase in various meetings/calls. It basically means floating an idea by someone (usually a client) in a casual way. As if you’re softening someone up to an idea before hitting on it hard. The first time I heard it, I knew immediately what it meant – not sure if I’ve just been in the business-speak world too long or it’s a great phrase that needed inventing.
But now that I’ve heard it four times, it’s beginning to grate a bit, so I’m wondering if this is just the new catch phrase of the month and it will be gone by fall. There are so many buzz words in the business world that have disappeared off the horizon. I haven’t heard anybody talk about paradigms recently and nobody seems to say “think outside the box” anymore. Of course, “collaborate” is still going strong despite my prayers every night that it fly right off the world’s radar screen.
What words or phrases would you like to be retired? Or kept on but at only 20 hours a week?