Battle of the Corporate Speak

This is fantastic. Based on a few conversations we’ve had here in the past, I know that many of the Ricochetti share my utter disdain for bloodless corporate diction (also the name of a band I was in during college). That means you should appreciate Jargon Madness as much as I did.

Forbes has brilliantly put together a March Madness style bracket for the worst workplace lingo, which you can vote on at the site. Here’s how it breaks down:

Group 1:

Rock Star

Ask

Ideate

Do more with less

Going Forward

Make it happen

Takeaway

Thought leadership

Group 2:

Pivot

Bandwidth

‘Come to Jesus’ moment

Best-of-breed

Organic

Adult in the room

Big data

Care and Feeding

Group 3:

Change Management

Client-facing

Deliverable

Disruption

Effort

Punch a puppy

Optics

Parking lot

Group 4:

Sacrifice

Share of wallet

Pain point

Space

Take ownership

Onboarding

Fail

Alignment

I haven’t picked my winner yet, but my final four (for those who are unfamiliar with brackets, you get a final four by choosing the winner from each group) would be: Thought leadership, Organic, Change management, and Take ownership. What are yours?