In 1887, Nietzsche wrote; ‘one thinks with a watch in one’s hand, even as one eats one’s midday meal while reading the latest news of the stock market.’ Nietzsche blamed his habit of distraction on a human desire for haste. ‘Haste is universal because everyone is in flight from himself.’
Month: August 2017
David, who was mentioned last week, just sent a link on the subject of unhelpful business language. It was a review of the book, Who Touched Base in My Thought Shower: A Treasury of Unbearable Office Jargon by Stephen Poole.
David* (that is his real name) once lamented that some of his colleagues would rather die than say ‘we’ve stuffed it up.’ Instead, catchy phrases were used to paper over the cracks of reality. We’re not failing. We’re restructuring. We’re not looking at why we’re a mess. We’re conducting an organizational review. We’re not firing …