Let's play Jargon Jumble!
Fill in each blank in the following sentences with the best choice from the list of business cliches:
Verb Phrases: A. bring to the table B. hit the ground running C. boil the ocean D. move the needle E. loop in
1. This initiative requires a fast start. We'll have to ____ .
2. That will take too long; it's like trying to ____.
3. We need advice; let's ____ the legal department on this matter.
4. What qualities does this job candidate ____?
5. This powerful campaign will show measurable results; it will definitely ____.
Adjective Phrases: F. best in class G. on the same page H. consumer-centric I. baked into J. results-driven K. on my radar L. out-of-pocket M. bleeding-edge
6. This is an innovative, ____ idea.
7. She's in Alaska and will be ____ for two weeks.
8. We need to be coordinated; let's make sure we're all ____
9. The only thing that matters to us is the final outcome; we're very ____.
10. I'm aware of your proposal; it's ____.
11. Profit opportunities are ____ this strategy.
12. We produce a top-quality product that's ____.
13. Pleasing our customers is our priority; we have to be ____.
Nouns and Noun Phrases: N. low-hanging fruit O. deep dive P. pipeline Q. moving parts R. idea shower S. wheelhouse T. action item U. best practices V. core competencies W. ducks in a row X. tool kit Y. swim lanes
14. What's the first ____ on our agenda?
15. Our brainstorming session produced an ____.
16. We'll always conform to established standards and follow ____.
17. Managers who meddle in other departments should stay in their own ____.
18. We need to return to what we've always done best, to our ____.
19. This project has been in the ____ for years.
20. He's highly adept with a lot of skills in his ____.
21. Let's take a ____ and research this thoroughly.
22. Let's go after the easy stuff first, the ____.
23. This plan is tricky and complicated, with a lot of ____.
24. That project matches my skills perfectly; it's right in my ____.
25. All aspects of this project are in place; we have all our ____.
Answers: 1. B 2. C 3. E 4. A 5. D 6. M 7. L 8. G 9. J 10. K 11. I 12. F 13. H 14. T 15. R 16. U 17. Y 18. V 19. P 20. X 21. O 22. N 23. Q 24. S 25. W
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