A recent survey of office workers led to the compilation of a dozen management phrases that people detest. Top of the list was ‘touch base’ followed by ‘blue sky thinking’ but others that caught the eye were ‘thought shower’ and – by far the worst – to ‘punch a puppy’.
While it may get up some people’s noses, it is, when you think about it, a business idiom – shorthand for something that can take time to explain or a memorable soundbite that encapsulates a meaning.
‘Listen up, team! I’ve just spoken with the MD and she says it’s no use, we’ve got to do something really, really nasty that will, in the end, ultimately and unequivocably, benefit us all.”
“You mean…we’ve got to punch a puppy?”
"You got it!"