20 SEP 2019
Hello Corporate American Minions! Once again here I am for another installment of truth.
My fellow minions, I must admit I am a little more pissy than usual today. It’s Friday and the work week seemed to be unusually long this week. We’ve all had those weeks in Corporate America…not terribly bad, but not that great either…just the normal bleh of soul-sucking CA. But it’s Friday!!!!
What’s got my underwear in a wad today?? Just another typical “first world” issue…. you know, those type of things that are not really problems, but we just like make them into issues because we don’t have enough to worry about.
The issue that has got me all knotted up is from another Corporate blogger’s article. Unlike me, he seems to be conscientious and thoughtful about his career and his overall place in the corporate world. He cares. I was like that once before I became jaded and burned out.
This blogger’s article referenced a corporate term from a book he was reviewing. Someone made up the word “Leadershifting” and thought they could make some money off of it. This term was new to me…have you heard it before? Please let me know if you have…. I work 3rd shift in the rumor mill and by the time I hear about something it is old news! Even though I whine and moan about Corporate America on a regular basis, I love capitalism and I do not begrudge anyone that can make a buck! However, what the f#@k is leadershifting? I read the article and “leadershifting” is nothing more than taking other old, tired management concepts and repackaging them with a new word. As if we don’t have enough non-sense corporate speak terms in the workplace. I am guessing that managers everywhere could very well take this terminology and run with it! They will no doubt use it in their weekly staff meetings…”blah, blah, leadershifting this and leadershifting that” … and in their mind, the all-knowing manager will sound like he/she are on the cutting edge of leadership. We poor minions will have to eat it up with a fork and spoon or risk the label of “not being team players”.
There have been so many “corporate speak” terms to emerge over the years. Please share your experiences of “corporate speak” by sending them to me.
So that is it for now my fellow CA minions send me your favorite Corporate America speak stories. Be sure to check out the “THE CHALLENGE” page and send me your CA story. If I use it I’ll send you a cheap, crappy T-shirt!!!
Until next time my minion-in-arms, keep your head down and keep wearing that Kevlar underwear!!