After more years in business than I care to admit, here are a few observations of what goes on in the business world--thoughts that just make me go "hmm..."
- Those who are, by nature, talkative are also, more often than not, prone to being late to meetings.
- The person in the room who speaks the least is the one who most often is listened to most when he/she does speak.
- It didn't take long for "business casual" to be translated to attire which is weekend wear, at best.
- E-mail and text have bred poor writing skills.
- The most misused word in business is "compliment," when the right use is "complement."
- The worker who makes "errors of commission" is more often promoted/recognized than the worker who makes "errors of omission."
- There are phrases which I hear frequently in the business world which I either still don't understand...or understand why they're use. For example, "the long pole in the tent." Huh? Or, "sleeves off the vest." The last time I checked, a vest didn't have sleeves. What about, "we'll activate it in the October timeframe." Why don't you just say "we'll activate it in October." Then, there's the word "de-select." Or, "let's take it offline." Uh, we're having a conversation, thus we're really not online.
You get the idea...