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“My Wheelhouse” Among the Most Overused Office Phrases

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Career and Workplace columnist Michelle Goodman has come up with a list of the most overused words and phrases at work.  She says, “On the one hand, we’re trying to speak the language at work and fit in, but the downside is it bothers some people and creeps into your social life.”

One of my favs is, “Run it up the flagpole and see who salutes.”  Not on Goodman’s list!  We can keep that one.

Click through to see the annoying ones.

  • efforting
  • low-hanging fruit
  • think outside the box
  • not in my wheelhouse
  • leverage
  • deliverables
  • metrics
  • paradigm shift
  • Chinese firewall
  • value-add
  • build the deck
  • shoot me an email
  • hold the fort
  • synergies/synergistic
  • key insights
  • key drivers
  • key takeaways
  • impactful
  • high-level overview
  • best practice
  • action items
  • next steps
  • value proposition
  • table this
  • hard stop
  • boil the ocean
  • circle the wagons
  • throw it against the wall and see what sticks
  • parachute in
  • low-cost country sourcing

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