Here continues the episodic publication of The Management Contradictionary (Benjamin Marks, Rodney Marks, and Robert Spillane. Michelle Anderson Publishing: Melbourne).
It’s available in all good libraries, and quite a few bad ones, too. It’s in alphabetical order, so feel free to keep reading the blog posts until you get to z, or zzz.
The Management Contradictionary defines the real meaning behind management terms.
A delegated task.
The belief that campaigning to bring about political or social change will bring about political or social change.
Managers: those who strut and fret their hour upon the stage, then are heard no more.
Someone who tells your insurer when you should die.
Something substituted for deducted value.
Any organisational unit other than your own.
A management task imposed on you.
- An untruth tolerated as entertainment.
- A glowing endorsement organised and paid for by the endorsee.
Creating demand for something by highlighting its worst feature.
The ethical benchmarking of paid public persuasion.
A pane in the glass.
noun: A person or organisation with a hierarchical ranking somewhere between an associate and a partner.
verb: To align your values with another’s by disregarding any that are not shared.
Discrimination against the successful.
Your personal assistant has a PA.
Mythical organisational process, sometimes located in an imaginary, eponymous department with a toll free number.
The belief that all ages are the same – even in their differences.
Secret list of outcomes unknown to all meeting participants.
A commissioned friend.
Part of the managerial power game, compensating for a lack of technical expertise.
AGM (Annual General Meeting)
Yearly public book-ending of apology and astrology, where top management attest they have read what they signed.
Reluctant, begrudging, antipathetic acceptance.
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