|Above-board [adj.]||Honest and open. "I don't think you're being totally above-board with me."|
|Aces in their places! [exp.]||When someone shouts this out, everyone runs to their station and leverages their core competency.|
Suggested by EC.
|Acluistic [adj.]||The state of being completely 'without a clue.'|
|Across the piece [exp.]||Affecting an entire project or organization. "We're aiming for improvements in efficiency across the piece."|
Suggested by Clive N.
|Action [v.]||To undertake a given task; to put into practice. "Don't bother me while I'm actioning my deliverables."|
Suggested by Ryan.
|Action item [n.]||A short term goal that requires a measure of work to complete. Basically a dynamic, proactive version of the things scribbled on your 'to do' list.|
|Actionable [adj.]||Originally a legal word referring to anything that affords grounds for a lawsuit. Business people have perverted it to mean anything on which an action can be taken.|
|Address [v.]||Used as a replacement for 'do', 'tackle', or 'complete', this word nicely avoids making a commitment to which the speaker can be held accountable. "I will address all of your concerns in the upcoming weeks."|
Suggested by Russel H.
|Adhocracy [n.]||A minimally structured business where teams are formed as they are needed to address specific problems.|
|Admin [n.]||Political correctness beat brevity when Secretary became Administrative Assistant. Brevity is back. "Get on the horn with my Admin."|
|Administrivia [n.]||A term that encompasses all the trivial tasks that management is far too qualified to suffer through.|
|Adoption process [n.]||The customer's steps along the path from cautious cynic to submissive consumer of your product.|
|Aggressive mediocrity [n.]||A conscious effort to ensure that the bare minimum, and nothing more, is achieved.|
Suggested by SM Trkula
|Agreeance [n.]||A fancier way of saying agreement. "Are we in agreeance?"|
|Air it out [v.]||To discuss an issue openly. "I heard you had a problem with some of our business practices. Let's get your team together and air it out this afternoon."|
|Al Desco [adj.]||Describes any meal eaten at your desk (you have our sympathies if it's dinner). "I slept in so I'm having breakfast Al Desco."|
|ALAP [adj.]||As Late As Possible. Describes meeting a deadline at the last possible moment in order to avoid receiving additional work. "I finished it last week, but I'm going to submit it ALAP."|
Suggested by JC.
|Alignment [n.]||Consensus. "Can we align on lunch orders?"|
Suggested by Josh
|All-hands meeting [n.]||A mandatory meeting for all employees. "Bob called an all-hands meeting this afternoon. It's never a good sign when he's willing to freeze the whole department for an hour." Let the navy keep the nautical slang.|
|Alpha geek [n.]||The head of your company's IT department.|
|Alpha pup [n.]||Trendsetting young people. Important targets for marketing to this age group. "Let's get six alpha pups in here for a focus group."|
|Amped [adj.]||Having a large amount of excitement and energy. "I'm so amped about this new product line."|
|Anacronym [n.]||An acronym that is so old, no one remembers the original phrase. Examples include RADAR, ASCII, and SNAFU.|
|Anecgloat [n.]||A story of one's exploits that is intended to impress. May be partly fictional.|
|Animal spirits [n.]||The irrational optimism that drives people to risk their life savings on a half-baked start-up idea.|
|Anointed [n.]||An employee that can't seem to do anything wrong in the eyes of management.|
|Anonymize [v.]||To make anonymous.|
|Anticipointment [n.]||The feeling that something didn't live up to its hype.|
|Appetite [n.]||Level of interest. "Don't spend another minute on this till you sample consumer appetite."|
Suggested by Otis
|Apple polish [v.]||To suck-up, flatter.|
|Armchair general [n.]||Someone who speaks critically, but has no experience in the field in question.|
|Around [adv.]||Replaces 'about' with a softer, tangential approach. "We need to dialog around your choice of work attire."|
Suggested by Corinne F.
|Arrows to fire [exp.]||Points to use in an argument. "Now if you don't have anymore arrows to fire, I think we're finished here."|
|Ask [n.]||Used when the word 'request' is not quite cool enough. "Where do we stand on the latest client ask?"|
Suggested by John C.
|Assignment capsule [n.]||A clearly defined job description or task. "Stop arguing about objectives and start handing out assignment capsules."|
|Assmosis [v.]||The apparent absorption of success that comes from sucking up.|
|At the end of the day [exp.]||The speaker would like you to know that he has a profound understanding about what is important and what is not.|
Suggested by Tom O.
|At this juncture [exp.]||Now. "We're not prepared to go public at this juncture."|
|Availability [n.]||A convenient way of separating the individual from the ability to manage her own time. "I'd love to come, but I'm not sure about my availability, grandma."|
Suggested by Sam K.