Monday, November 17, 2008

Booz & Company consultant-ese

I hope not all of Booz & Company's insights are as ridiculous as this:

Firms everywhere can learn much from companies in developing economies that are leveraging the Internet to increase competitiveness and develop strategic partnerships globally. - Emerging Leaders, Strategy+Business
Consultant Ninja Translation:
Use the internet to do international business.
The longer I'm in consulting the more I recognize how hard it is to always write clear and insightful ideas.  The trouble is that these ideas are hard to come by, and most of them aren't materially exciting.  Unfortunately, consultants must create 3-4 slides per day on average, each requiring an insightful sounding headline.  Pressed for time, consultants will use fancy sounding words as armored plating for bland ideas that aren't fully formed or exciting, and move on to the next task at hand.

1 comment:

univ said...

Love your post.

The nuance implicated in your dialectic betrays the sophistication of your premise. All too often we receive renumeration from world renowned enterprises for our broad reaching exotic linguistic constructions, creating internal incentives for the production of voluminous manuals and reports. :-)

You must have Black Belt Sensei training!

Looking forward to reading your other posts.

Monday, November 17, 2008