Being modern and happening is certainly important in the 21st century workplace just ask Ming Campbell. So it should be no surprise that management experts are warning that using dated jargon can be bad for your career, marking you out as fatally out of the loop and incapable of blue-sky thinking.
Coming on like David Brent was never very impressive, now it’s a sign of being hopelessly out of your depth. Instead, you should be using hot new phrases that mark you out as someone who understands the modern workplace vibe.
One example of this new breed of cutting-edge jargon is ‘thought grenade’ an idea with explosive potential. The implication is that to make the grade at work, you need to be a sort of organisational terrorist, thinking the unthinkable (though not outside the box).
It’s ironic that this phrase customises military terminology long an inspiration for office jargon. A ‘thought grenade’ might have a whiff of al-Qaeda about it, but it’s from the same family as ‘run it up the flagpole’, ‘oppo’, ‘marching orders’, ‘targets’ and ‘helicopter view’. So, when you want to get down with the kids, reference the international language of violence and warfare.