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  1. darth550

    darth550 Six Time F1 World Champ
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    To all captains of industry..........

    While I suscribe to the credo, The only meeting worth going to is one they cannot start without you.....once the meeting eventually begins, one must have a clearly defined strategy.


    1. Before (or during) your next meeting, seminar, or conference call, prepare yourself by drawing a square. 5"x 5" is a good size. Divide the card into columns, five across and five down. That will give you 25 one-inch blocks.

    2. Write one of the following words/phrases in each block:

    * synergy
    * strategic fit
    * core competencies
    * best practice
    * bottom line
    * revisit
    * take that off-line
    * 24/7
    * out of the loop
    * benchmark
    * value-added
    * pro-active
    * win-win
    * think outside the box
    * fast track
    * result-driven
    * empower (or empowerment)
    * knowledge base
    * at the end of the day
    * touch base
    * mind-set
    * client focus(ed)
    * paradigm
    * game plan
    * leverage

    and last but not least

    3. Check off the appropriate block when you hear one of those words/phrases.

    4. When you get five blocks horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, stand up and shout, "BULL****!"

    Testimonials from satisfied "Bull**** Bingo" players:
    "I had been in the meeting for only five minutes when I won."
    "My attention span at meetings has improved dramatically."
    "The atmosphere was tense in the last process meeting as 14 of us waited for the fifth box."
    "The speaker was stunned as eight of us screamed 'BULL****!' for the third time in two hours."

    In order to show your appreciation for the rise in productivity your company will enjoy........

    Please send corporate donations to:

    DES'sFERRARI fund.
    Sun City
    South Africa

  2. Tyler

    Tyler F1 Rookie

    Dec 19, 2001
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  3. Entelechy

    Entelechy Formula Junior

    May 19, 2001
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    Lol - love it! The film biz has its own lexicon as time I'm bored I should make that version :)
  4. bobafett

    bobafett F1 Veteran

    Sep 28, 2002
    HAHAHA, that's great.

  5. TestShoot

    TestShoot F1 World Champ
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    Sep 1, 2003
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    you forgot these courtesy the 'buzzword generator for palm pilot' (don't leave home without it):

    5th generation
    attitude oriiented
    quality focused
    profit focused
    zero defect
    future proofed
    cross group
    MODULAR (double points)
    open architected
    fault tolerant
    grass roots
    front line
    reverse engineered
  6. enjoythemusic

    enjoythemusic F1 World Champ

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    How To Attend A Meeting
    by Dave Barry

    To really succeed in a business or organization, it is sometimes helpful to know what your job is, and whether it involves any duties. Ask among your coworkers. "Hi," you should say. "I'm a new employee. What is the name of my job?" If they answer "long-range planner" or "lieutenant governor," you are pretty much free to lounge around and do crossword puzzles until retirement. Most jobs, however, will require some work. There are two major kinds of work in modern organizations: 1. Taking phone messages for people who are in meetings, and, 2. Going to meetings. Your ultimate career strategy will be to get a job involving primarily No.2, going to meetings, as soon as possible, because that's where the real prestige is. It is all very well and good to be able to take phone messages, but you are never going to get a position of power, a position where you can cost thousands of people their jobs with a single bonehead decision, unless you learn how to attend meetings.

    The first meeting ever was held back in the Mezzanine Era. In those days, Man's job was to slay his prey and bring it home for Woman, who had to figure out how to cook it. The problem was, Man was slow and basically naked, whereas the prey had warm fur and could run like an antelope. (In fact it was an antelope, only nobody knew this). At last someone said, "Maybe if we just sat down and did some brainstorming, we could come up with a better way to hunt our prey!" It went extremely well, plus it was much warmer sitting in a circle, so they agreed to meet again the next day, and the next. But the women pointed out that, prey-wise, the men had not produced anything, and the human race was pretty much starving. The men agreed that was serious and said they would put it right near the top of their "agenda." At this point, the women, who were primitive but not stupid, started eating plants, and thus modern agriculture was born. It never would have happened without meetings.

    The modern business meeting, however, might better be compared with a funeral, in the sense that you have a gathering of people who are wearing uncomfortable clothing and would rather be somewhere else. The major difference is that most funerals have a definite purpose. Also, nothing is really ever buried in a meeting. An idea may look dead, but it will always reappear at another meeting later on. If you have ever seen the movie, "Night of the Living Dead," you have a rough idea of how modern meetings operate, with projects and proposals that everyone thought were killed rising up constantly from their graves to stagger back into meetings and eat the brains of the living.

    There are two major kinds of meetings: 1. Meetings that are held for basically the same reason that Arbor Day is observed - namely, tradition. For example, a lot of managerial people like to meet on Monday, because it's Monday. You'll get used to it. You'd better, because this kind accounts for 83% of all meetings (based on a study in which I wrote down numbers until one of them looked about right). This type of meeting operates the way "Show and Tell" does in nursery school, with everyone getting to say something, the difference being that in nursery school, the kids actually have something to say. When it's your turn, you should say that you're still working on whatever it is you're supposed to be working on. This may seem pretty dumb, since obviously you'd be working on whatever you're supposed to be working on, and even if you weren't, you'd claim you were, but that's the traditional thing for everyone to say. It would be a lot faster if the person running the meeting would just say, "Everyone who is still working on what he or she is supposed to be working on, raise your hand." You'd be out of there in five minutes, even allowing for jokes.

    But this is not how we do it in America. My guess is, it's how they do it in Japan. 2. Meetings where there is some alleged purpose. These are trickier, because what you do depends on what the purpose is. Sometimes the purpose is harmless, like someone wants to show slides of pie charts and give everyone a big, fat report. All you have to do in this kind of meeting is sit there and have elaborate fantasies, then take the report back to your office and throw it away, unless, of course, you're a vice president, in which case you write the name of a subordinate in the upper right hand corner, followed be a question mark, like this: "Norm?" Then you send it to Norm and forget all about it (although it will plague Norm for the rest of his career).

    But sometimes you go to meetings where the purpose is to get your "input" on something. This is very serious because what it means is, they want to make sure that in case whatever it is turns out to be stupid or fatal, you'll get some of the blame, so you have to escape from the meeting before they get around to asking you anything. One way is to set fire to your tie. Another is to have an accomplice interrupt the meeting and announce that you have a phone call from someone very important, such as the president of the company or the Pope. It should be one or the other. It would sound fishy if the accomplice said, "You have a call from the president of the company, or the Pope." You should know how to take notes at a meeting.

    Use a yellow legal pad. At the top, write the date and underline it twice. Now wait until an important person, such as your boss, starts talking; when he does, look at him with an expression of enraptured interest, as though he is revealing the secrets of life itself. Then write interlocking rectangles like this: (picture of doodled rectangles). If it is an especially lengthy meeting, you can try something like this (picture of more elaborate doodles and a caricature of the boss). If somebody falls asleep in a meeting, have everyone else leave the room. Then collect a group of total strangers, right off the street, and have them sit around the sleeping person until he wakes up. Then have one of them say to him, "Bob, your plan is very, very risky. However, you've given us no choice but to try it. I only hope, for your sake, that you know what you're getting yourself into." Then they should file quietly out of the room.
  7. PeterS

    PeterS Four Time F1 World Champ
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    Since I always have my 'New Product Thinking Cap' on, a few years ago while sitting through a real 'sleeper', I came up with the following product idea for the meeting room:

    A small, floppy brown horse, about 10 inches long that lays on the middle of the meeting table. It comes with a 10 inch baseball bat. When somebody won't quit harping on a particular subject, anybody in the meeting can pick up the bat and whack the horse a few times. This will give the person with verbal diareha the hint to SHUT UP!
  8. whart

    whart F1 Veteran

    Dec 5, 2001
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    Darth- Brilliant. I've been a big fan of biz buz every since reading Safire's "Strictly Speaking" years ago. Shortly after joining a large, national firm some years ago, i was asked to submit a memo outlining my business strategy. Because i was already sorely out of joint, i decided to draft it in meaningless doubletalk, like "enhancing synergistic opportunities." I gave it to a partner of mine to review, hoping he would get the joke. He sent it back with a note approving of its content, which left me mystified. Oh, yeah, "growing the business" was a big one in the late nineties, and "migrating to a different platform" still retains currency. I also like "port," "virtual" and other computer-driven allusions.
  9. Chiaro_Slag

    Chiaro_Slag F1 Veteran

    Oct 31, 2003
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    Enjoythemusic - Funny stuff there!

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