Forbes just released this hilarious NCAA-style bracket competition highlighting the most used business jargon.
“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. Because–and please believe us–all that meaningless business jargon makes you sound like a complete moron.
To help rid the earth of this poisonous gobbledygook, we crafted a bracket, similar to the NCAA college basketball tournament, featuring 32 abominable expressions. Each day, for 32 days, readers will get to vote, via Twitter, on one matchup. The goal: to identify the single most annoying example of business jargon and thoroughly embarrass all who employ it and any of these other ridiculous expressions.
To play, simply find the day’s highlighted matchup, choose the more annoying of the two expressions, click the “Vote” button and cast your vote on Twitter. (Note: Clicking the “Vote” button will take you to Twitter; you will not receive a confirmation that your vote was cast, but indeed, know that we have received it.) If you don’t know what an expression means, click on it and you’ll be given what passes for a definition.
Share the bracket with your friends and colleagues. With any luck, we’ll encourage a new best practice:real communication!”