Think you’re up on the current business jargon? Here’s a test.
In his book, Green Weenies and Due Diligence, Ron Sturgeon list some of the hip terms the younger set uses to describe various workplace experiences. If you’d like to test your business hip-ness, here’s sample. Provide the definition for each (answers at the end):
- Bad boy clause
- Nibbled by ducks
- Green weenie
- An item in employee contracts that prevents them from taking other employees with them when they leave. Example: “I would have hired Jill, my executive assistant at my old company, if I hadn’t signed a bad boy clause.
- An unpleasant experience, like being criticized by your boss, that’s unpleasant, but not career threatening. Example: “Carl was upset by some of the things the CEO said to him, but I told him they were just nibbles by ducks.”
- Career Ending Move. The opposite of nibbles by ducks. A big mistake that will likely cost people their jobs or even their careers. Example: “When she revealed those company secrets, it was a CEM.
- An unpleasant surprise discovered after a deal is completed, like a moldy piece of food found in the fridge. Example: I heard back from one of Kim’s references after we made her an offer, warning me of her absenteeism. That green weenie made me wonder if we did the right thing.