In that time, I noticed a lot of things going on. Things that make cynics feel entirely justified in their cynicism.
For instance, there were a lot of military- and war-themed metaphors. At one point or another, I heard all of these used in the workplace:
- execute on a strategy
- launch a new campaign
- drop the bomb
- take the hit
- attack a problem
- capturing market share
- fall on my sword
- provide cover
- targeting a market
- lead the charge
- managers spending time in the trenches
- battleground markets
- employees as troops
Why is that? Is it an unspoken admission that the job isn't fulfilling? That what they're doing lacks drama, or nobility, or any identifiable moral purpose? I don't know, but I do know that mentioning it meant I "wasn't a team player".
Maybe it was just a function of the time period. I've been away from the corporate world for a few years now, and for all I know they now use Pokemon-based metaphors. I think I'd very much prefer that.
Leveraged synergistic paradigms, I choose you!