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Pushing Boundaries

Kazhuma

Going beyond your limits, pushing yourself and stepping over your shadow all seem very commendable aspirations. While there are occasions where this is the intended meaning, the more common us of this term is to ask someone to commit to a goal that is not achievable due to constraints outside their control. The underlying "you're not trying hard enough" message will typically force the recipient of such a message to commit to unrealistic goals, particularly when facing senior managers.

Binary

Kazhuma

States the obvious 'Yes or No' at a very basic level. But more than often this is used as a tool to cut out noise. The underlying suggestion here is to keep things simple and often comes from individuals that do not want to be bothered with the details.

Ping me

Kazhuma

Translation: Get back to me now! You were most likely on a call and if the ping came from someone who has any say in your future, bonus or promotion you better excuse yourself from whatever piddling task you're engaged in. The creative reference to submarine sonar technology or in more recent days network technology doesn't mean that this will be a short ordeal, so you might as well cancel your lunch.

Voice it Over

Kazhuma

When you don't want to put something in writing, typically for a presentation, you suggest to voice it over, leaving very little tangible evidence. Commonly used to avoid hard commitments at a premature state. Business Manager: "Can we add that step to the risk slide?" Project Manager: "That's probably too much detail, we can just voice it over."

Nepotism

Kazhuma

When you realize that your lazy coworker is a close relative of your boss and job qualification was not a hiring criteria. It's a specific form of favoritism but using a fancy word from the Middle Ages makes it sound less despicable.

Haircut

Kazhuma

A reduction in budget, typically meant across an entire division or portfolio rather than an individual initiative or program. "The budget has been agreed, but we expect another haircut in Q4"