In the meantime, the managerialistic my life becomes the more I get involved in this. And even find myself forced to use the same phrases I can't stand in my email correspondence. So here's some crap I get tired of using (and yet, don't know the workaround):
-Get on the same page
-Touch bases with that person
-Follow-up on that or bird-dog that
-Lines of communication
-We need to have a presence there
-Go make nice with them
-Rally the troops
-We need to massage the message
-I'd like to close that one out
-Are we reading now?
-Oh now we're playing baseball?
-Like that has ever helped do anything but piss someone off, not to mention who the heck in corporate america even knows what a bird dog is?
-Must be a less cheesy way of saying this
-Because we're four now?
-Didn't know white collar workers were exactly like battle hardened soldiers
-Shine the shit
-Well we'd all like to clear off our "to-do" lists so yeah, you don't need to tell me
Learn enough phrases and you don't need expertise, you'll fit right in.