By Pascal Dennis via

The Trouble with Corporate Clichés

“‘Think outside the box’

‘Ducks in a row’

‘Low-hanging fruit’

Let’s take this off-line’

Why do these and other corporate clichés make us cringe so? 

Well, they’re often used by lazy people to express stale, tired thinking. If we haven’t thought about something deeply, why burden people with inanities? If we can’t express an idea in a fresh way, why should anybody listen?

Secondly, clichés are often used by clueless people who want to sound intelligent, which can be unsettling. …

Thirdly, strategy & problem solving begin with a mature acceptance of reality. Clichés just get in the way. … A clear concise description of the problem. Effective countermeasures will eventually follow. Now consider how a cliché-ridden mind might respond:

‘We need to think outside the box, lean in and ask clarifying questions! There is some low hanging fruit here, and perception is reality. Let’s consider our scalable options, get our ducks in a row and create synergy between our silos!’

… Here’s one last reason: Leadership is about language.”


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