Think Outside the Box. To approach a business problem in an unconventional fashion. Kudos to a Forbes.com reader who suggested: "Forget the box, just think."
Ducks in a Row. The saying apparently comes from the earlier days of bowling before machines set pins automatically. One needed to get his “ducks in a row” before hurling a weighty ball down the alley. Better: At work, “make a plan”; then later, if you’d like, “go bowling.”
Deeper Dive. I have actually used this term before, but that’s going to a screeching halt. Starting today. Unless I plan to take scuba lessons at some point. I think a “closer examination” or “more complete analysis” in the process or system would work much better.
Leverage. The granddaddy of nouns converted to verbs. ‘Leverage’ is mercilessly used to describe how a situation or environment can be manipulated or controlled. Leverage should remain a noun, as in “to apply leverage,” not as a pseudo-verb, as in “we are leveraging our assets.”
Window of Opportunity. This breezy expression refers to the amount of time, usually brief, in which to take action; when the window shuts, dreams of freedom die. Better scramble through that sucker. Or at least “take action.”
Low-Hanging Fruit. You’d rather not have to climb the tree to get your apple, so you curb your hunger by picking the low-hanging ones. Same goes for business tasks and opportunities. Except that no one knows which tasks and opportunities you’re talking about, or whether ticking them off, easy as that sounds, is a good idea in the first place.
Take it to the Next Level. In theory this means to make something better. In practice, it means nothing, mainly because nobody knows what the next level actually looks like and thus whether or not they’ve reached it.
Moving forward. There’s a pretty good chance something negative happened; and a really good chance there was a bad idea in the first place. At this point it’s probably too early to be labeled as “crisis management,” since the mistake was caught early enough to put you there. Thankfully.
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