Business talk

Many people working in large companies speak business-buzzwords as a second language. Business language is full of pretty meaningless words. I Don’t Understand What Anyone Is Saying Anymore article tells that the language of internet business models has made the problem even worse. There are several strains of this epidemic: We have forgotten how to use the real names of real things, acronymitis, and Meaningless Expressions (like “Our goal is to exceed the customer’s expectation”). This would all be funny if it weren’t true. Observe it, deconstruct it, and appreciate just how ridiculous most business conversation has become.

Check out this brilliant Web Economy Bullshit Generator page. It generates random bullshit text based on the often used words in business language. And most of the material it generates look something you would expect from IT executives and their speechwriters (those are randomly generated with Web Economy Bullshit Generator):

“scale viral web services”
“integrate holistic mindshare”
“transform back-end solutions”
“incentivize revolutionary portals”
“synergize out-of-the-box platforms”
“enhance world-class schemas”
“aggregate revolutionary paradigms”
“enable cross-media relationships”

How to talk like a CIO article tries to tell how do CIOs talk, and what do they talk about, and why they do it like they do it. It sometimes makes sense to analyze the speaking and comportment styles of the people who’ve already climbed the corporate ladder if you want to do the same.

The Most Annoying, Pretentious And Useless Business Jargon article tells that the stupid business talk is longer solely the province of consultants, investors and business-school types, this annoying gobbledygook has mesmerized the rank and file around the globe. The next time you feel the need to reach out, touch base, shift a paradigm, leverage a best practice or join a tiger team, by all means do it. Just don’t say you’re doing it. If you have to ask why, chances are you’ve fallen under the poisonous spell of business jargon. Jargon masks real meaning. The Most Annoying, Pretentious And Useless Business Jargon article has a cache of expressions to assiduously avoid (if you look out you will see those used way too many times in business documents and press releases).

Is Innovation the Most Abused Word In Business? article tells that most of what is called innovation today is mere distraction, according to a paper by economist Robert Gordon. Innovation is the most abused word in tech. The iPad is about as innovative as the toaster. You can still read books without an iPad, and you can still toast bread without a toaster. True innovation radically alters the way we interact with the world. But in tech, every little thing is called “innovative.” If you were to believe business grads then “innovation” includes their “ideas” along the lines of “a website like *only better*” or “that thing which everyone is already doing but which I think is my neat new idea” Whether or not the word “innovation” has become the most abused word in the business context, that remains to be seen. “Innovation” itself has already been abused by the patent trolls.

Using stories to catch ‘smart-talk’ article tells that smart-talk is information without understanding, theory without practice – ‘all mouth and no trousers’, as the old aphorism puts it. It’s all too common amongst would-be ‘experts’ – and likewise amongst ‘rising stars’ in management and elsewhere. He looks the part; he knows all the right buzzwords; he can quote chapter-and-verse from all the best-known pundits and practitioners. But is it all just empty ‘smart-talk’? Even if unintentional on their part, people who indulge in smart-talk can be genuinely dangerous. They’ll seem plausible enough at first, but in reality they’ll often know just enough to get everyone into real trouble, but not enough to get out of it again. Smart-talk is the bane of most business – and probably of most communities too. So what can we do to catch it?

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    HOW TO HIRE THE BEST
    Google Recruiters Say Using the ‘X-Y-Z Formula’ on Your Resume Will Improve Your Odds of Getting Hired at Google
    Alternative: Reverse engineer their advice and improve recruitment at your business.
    https://www.inc.com/bill-murphy-jr/google-recruiters-say-these-5-resume-tips-including-x-y-z-formula-will-improve-your-odds-of-getting-hired-at-google.html?cid=sf01002

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Use the X by Y by Z formula

    Google describes this as: “Accomplished [X] as measured by [Y], by doing [Z].” But just to make it easier to remember, let’s shorten it to X-Y-Z.

    This means that you want to focus on accomplishments — quantitative results and the impact that you had as a result.

    https://www.inc.com/bill-murphy-jr/google-recruiters-say-these-5-resume-tips-including-x-y-z-formula-will-improve-your-odds-of-getting-hired-at-google.html?cid=sf01002

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Why are technical recruiters so clueless?
    https://signalvnoise.com/posts/2598-why-are-technical-recruiters-so-clueless

    Are there any recruiters working in technology who get it? Anyone putting in just a minimum of effort to appear even half-way competent? If so, they need to speak up. The reputation of their profession is being soiled by completely clueless hacks.

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How To Get A Great New Job In 2020
    http://on.forbes.com/61831e7XB

    The first thing you must do is get your act together. One of the biggest problems that job seekers have is that they carry around a lot of baggage. They are angry with what’s happening at their current company and frustrated over being treated so shabbily. 

    Spend some time researching the companies that would be a natural progression for you to go next in your career. Investigate them to determine if they are doing well or not. Check out the company’s career page for its job listings. Ask around your network to see if anyone has a connection with the company and whether or not they can make an introduction for you.

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Coronavirus Hits Big Business: These Companies Are Cutting Operations And Restricting Travel To China As Disease Spreads
    http://on.forbes.com/618715k7c

    Topline: As the Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread—with more than 100 people dead and some 4,700 infected—an increasing number of major companies are responding to the situation in China by suspending some business operations, restricting travel and more.

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Coronavirus Is A Black Swan Event That May Have Serious Repercussions For The U.S. Economy And Job Market
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackkelly/2020/01/27/the-coronavirus-is-a-black-swan-event-that-may-have-serious-repercussions-for-the-us-economy-and-job-market/?utm_source=FACEBOOK&utm_medium=social&utm_term=Valerie/#76616c657269

    The coronavirus is a black swan event, which may have serious consequences for your job, the stock market and global economy.

    Historically, when the stock market goes relatively straight up, there is an expectation of a correction somewhere down the road. A correction is about a 5 to 10% drop in value of stocks. It’s viewed as necessary, like clearing out the dead brush in a forest to prevent a future fire. Even the wisest minds on Wall Street admit that they can’t anticipate where the next correction will come from and what damage it may bring. It now seems that the coronavirus is that black swan event.

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  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Myth of the Successful One-Person Business
    https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/236562

    There was once a time when it was just me. I was providing computer services. I was working a lot of hours. But I wasn’t making any money at it.

    Today, I’m making money. Why? Because I’m supervising 10 people who are providing computer services for me. I’m making money off of them.

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  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    What Great Listeners Actually Do
    https://hbr.org/2016/07/what-great-listeners-actually-do?utm_campaign=hbr&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook

    Chances are you think you’re a good listener. People’s appraisal of their listening ability is much like their assessment of their driving skills, in that the great bulk of adults think they’re above average.

    In our experience, most people think good listening comes down to doing three things:

    Not talking when others are speaking
    Letting others know you’re listening through facial expressions and verbal sounds (“Mmm-hmm”)
    Being able to repeat what others have said, practically word-for-word

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  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Evil List
    Which tech companies are really doing the most harm? Here are the 30 most dangerous, ranked by the people who know.
    https://slate.com/technology/2020/01/evil-list-tech-companies-dangerous-amazon-facebook-google-palantir.html

    Maybe it was fake news, Russian trolls, and Cambridge Analytica. Or Travis Kalanick’s conniption in an Uber. Or the unmasking of Theranos. Or all those Twitter Nazis, and racist Google results, and conspiracy theories on YouTube. Though activists, academics, reporters, and regulators had sent up warning flares for years, it wasn’t until quite recently that the era of enchantment with Silicon Valley ended. The list of scandals—over user privacy and security, over corporate surveillance and data collection, over fraud and foreign propaganda and algorithmic bias, to name a few—was as unending as your Instagram feed.

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  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    China’s Economic Growth Hit A 30-Year-Low
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/isabeltogoh/2020/01/17/chinas-economic-growth-hit-a-30-year-low/

    China’s economic growth slowed to its lowest levels in three decades in 2019, but analysts are welcoming Friday’s results thanks to signs that the world’s second largest economy is beginning to stabilize.

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  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    ****BANTER POST****
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/majordomo/permalink/10158379209204522/
    Which gives you more ,
    Street cred or Certifications?

    If you are talking to someone who has worked or is working in IT field, then street cred but if you are talking to someone who knows jack squat about IT (HR, some in upper management) then certs.

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  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Why Doing Good Is Good For Business
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/deloitte/2020/01/21/why-doing-good-is-good-for-business/?utm_source=FBPAGE&utm_medium=social&utm_content=3087781786&utm_campaign=sprinklrForbesMainFB#6635ec486b29

    Not too many years ago, the prevailing wisdom was that profit and corporate social responsibility were mutually exclusive pursuits. The idea that a company could improve its bottom line by decreasing greenhouse gas emissions or reducing income inequality had little chance of gaining traction among executives.

    Today, though, smarter technologies and processes are decreasing costs and gradually ushering in a new understanding that doing good for people and the planet doesn’t have to come at the expense of net income.

    In Deloitte Global’s third-annual Readiness Report, “The Fourth Industrial Revolution: At the Intersection of Readiness and Responsibility,

    “We firmly believe that companies motivated by a greater societal purpose will be stronger, more successful businesses for the long term,” says Deloitte Global CEO Punit Renjen. He’s not alone; Renjen, alongside the CEOs of nearly 200 major U.S. corporations, signed the Business Roundtable’s recent statement saying corporations must go beyond advancing shareholder interests. “This is a strong signal that companies are defining their values and commitments to a broader base of stakeholders,” Renjen says. “The challenge now is for businesses to put these commitments into action.”

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  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    A hacker has released a 0-day attack against a wide range of DVRs and cameras that use SoCs from Huawei subsidiary HiSilicon.

    Huawei Subsidiary Distributes 0-Day Backdoor in DVRs, NVRs, IoT Cameras
    https://www.extremetech.com/computing/305830-huawei-subsidiary-hisilicon-distributes-0-day-backdoor-in-dvrs-nvrs-iot-cameras

    One issue that’s been of increasing concern to US companies and customers is the fear that Chinese companies will create hard-wired backdoors into the various networking and 5G products they sell in Western markets. Such backdoors could then be exploited for corporate espionage or government surveillance.

    Thus far, the evidence for this kind of deliberate backdooring has been mixed. A damning report by Bloomberg last year — one that I initially believed — faded into confused questions over whether the company had accurately reported the situation, along with disagreements over whether the backdoor as described was even technologically possible. A UK report on Huawei’s security practices last year found ample evidence of sloppy coding and poor version control, but turned up no sign of corporate or government backdoors aimed at allowing a coordinated surveillance campaign.

    Now, a new report by Vladislav Yarmak explains how Huawei subsidiary HiSilicon has integrated a firmware backdoor into the SoCs it sells to various companies that build digital video cameras (DVRs), network-connected video recorders (NVRs), and other various devices. The backdoor is integrated into the SoC firmware, which means it gets deployed anywhere the SoC is. According to Yarmak, this backdoor has been deployed in at least three different versions since 2013.

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  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Growth hacking your way to a culture of experimentation
    https://www.frantic.com/blog/growth-hacking-your-way-to-a-culture-of-experimentation

    Growth hacking is a term often connected to start-ups looking for quick ways to grow, scale and profit. While its methods – such as rapid experimentation – are still fan-favorites in the start-up scene, Growth hacking isn’t just for start-ups.

    It’s applicable to companies of various sizes and types that struggle with silos, growth and scaling. Growth hacking isn’t just looking for a silver bullet – it’s about creating a company-wide growth culture that gets the big wins in the long run.

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  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    https://www.fastcompany.com/90456980/5-questions-to-ask-when-you-need-help-finding-your-purpose?partner=forbes

    1. WHAT DO YOU DO WELL?
    2. WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS SAY YOU DO WELL?
    3. IF YOU COULD DO OR BE ANYTHING, WHAT WOULD YOU DO OR BE?
    4. WHAT GIVES YOU RESULTS WHEN YOU DO SOMETHING?
    5. HOW CAN YOU GET BETTER?

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  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    True Stories of Ingenious Ways People Outsmarted Their Boss
    “I’d say, on average, I work about 30 mins to one hour a day.”
    https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/qjdjev/how-to-get-away-with-doing-less-work-outsmart-boss

    When Dolly Parton released the great, anti-capitalist anthem “Nine to Five”, she had no idea how good she had it. In 2020 Britain, working an eight-hour workday is the least of your worries – if your day even is that short. With the proliferation of zero-hour contracts in an insecure job market, we’re working for less money than ever before, leaving millennials the first generation in decades to be poorer than their parents. Not to mention that technology has blurred the line between work and free time, making it all too easy for your boss to drop you a “Could you take a look at this?” email at 11 PM on Thursday.

    So, how do you reclaim power in a job market that gradually wears down any modicum of self-respect? From stealing the stock to organising the workplace, we spoke to young people about the ways they outsmarted their employers.

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  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    If You’re Engaging In Any Of These Actions, You Shouldn’t Be A Manager
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/kathycaprino/2020/02/09/if-youre-engaging-in-any-of-these-actions-you-shouldnt-be-a-manager/?utm_source=FACEBOOK&utm_medium=social&utm_term=Valerie/#76616c657269

    Part of the series “Supporting Today’s Workforce”

    These six managerial behaviors will crush the success of your team

    Demeaning and ridiculing your employees publicly or privately

    Suppressing or not allowing questions to be asked that employees need to, to do their jobs

    Making employees feel “stupid,” inadequate, or inferior when they struggle or don’t meet expectations

    Refusing to make regular time to meet with your employees and give them the constructive guidance, training and feedback they need

    Blaming your employees for under-performance when you’re actually responsible

    Not eliciting regular feedback from your employees and asking them for (and listening to) their candid feedback on how you’re doing as a manager, and what could be improved

    -

    It’s not difficult to become a more inspiring and empowering manager, but when you do, the positive results are dramatic. It involves growing in your compassion, understanding, patience, communication skill, and openness to feedback. And it requires more self-awareness and emotional intelligence than many of us currently possess or have ever focused on developing.

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  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Don’t Waste Your Time on Networking Events
    https://hbr.org/2016/09/dont-waste-your-time-on-networking-events?utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=hbr&utm_medium=social

    Large, traditional business networking events are a time-honored institution. They have been a staple of aspiring and successful professionals for so long that most networking advice focuses not on whether you should attend, but on how to make the most of these events when you do attend. In theory, they’re one of the best ways to grow your business.

    Here’s the problem: you’re probably not getting the consistent results you’re looking for.

    The most basic problem with traditional networking events is that they are mixing bowls for professionals who are there for different reasons. Everyone there is focused on his or her own personal agenda, whether it’s signing a new client, creating awareness for their business, or connecting with someone in the hopes of developing a mutually beneficial relationship. Everyone is playing a different game, which is why there are usually no clear winners.

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  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How To Be Highly Successful And Unstoppable
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackkelly/2018/05/23/how-to-be-highly-successful-and-unstoppable/?utm_source=FACEBOOK&utm_medium=social&utm_term=Malorie/#6d616c6f7269

    To get ahead in your career or seek out a new job, you need a high level of self-confidence.

    You have a couple of options, including dedicating months to absorbing dozens of self-help books, spending a small fortune on a career and life coach, giving up because it’s too hard or simply following this easy to-do checklist:

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  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The One Uncomfortable Feeling You Must Experience In Order To Be Successful
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/briannawiest/2018/05/21/the-one-uncomfortable-feeling-you-must-experience-in-order-to-be-successful/?utm_source=FACEBOOK&utm_medium=social&utm_term=Malorie/#120d7f885329

    Contrary to conventional wisdom, success depends less on the virtues of talent and drive than it does one’s ability to withstand fear and uncertainty. Many people display inclinations toward one skill or another in their early lives. Many champion the title of best in the school, team or town – but talent is only a part of the equation. What separates the outliers from the rest is not the amount of discomfort they are willing to bear – the difference is whether or not they can withstand uncertainty.

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  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The commonality of the trends is that the corporations desire to cut costs and save money. Since the more experienced people tend to earn a higher salary, they are easy targets.

    Why Many Professionals In Their Late 30s, 40s And 50s Are Not Benefiting From The Tight Job Market
    http://on.forbes.com/61821cRsw

    It’s widely reported that we are in the midst of an amazingly strong economy with a record-high level of employment. However, the United States government and the media—merely regurgitating government data—are detrimentally ignoring a segment of the population who are not participating in the so-called hiring boom.

    The job seekers impart that they are the victims of several current trends. These professionals, usually with 20-plus years of experience, are well compensated. They say that their companies are engaged in the process of “juniorization,” which entails pushing them out the door in favor of younger employees who are paid much less. Their jobs are also relocated—without them—to lower-cost locations both within the U.S. and in other countries.

    Initially, when they are first laid off, the now-forced job seekers are sanguine about the situation. Being in the business world for a long time, they write it off as a mere byproduct of working at large companies. As time progresses, they come to the realization that all of the other companies in their niche are doing the same exact thing that has happened to them. 

    The professionals, more often than not, have been laid off in the past, so they know the drill. They fill out applications, send résumés and follow up with emails and calls. However, now something strange is happening. The middle-aged and older job seekers are not receiving any callbacks or feedback for interview requests. On the rare occasion they do interview, the applicants get ghosted and are left in the dark as to what happened and why they were not selected.

    The direction is hiring people with minimal years of experience instead of someone with a decades-long career. 

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  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    10 traits of a ‘perfect’ boss, according to a decade of research by Google
    https://www.inc.com/justin-bariso/google-says-best-bosses-in-world-do-these-10-things.html

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  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Embrace transformation, be ready for disruption
    https://www.columbiaroad.com/blog/embrace-transformation-be-ready-for-disruption

    When looking at the explosive growth of marketing technology (there are now roughly 7000 marketing software products on the market), one sees some important trends. These include so-called “smarketing” (the technology-driven alignment or merging of sales & marketing), data-driven and autonomous decision-making, and more focus on a superior customer experience.

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