|Macromanager [n.]||A manager that tries to direct matters outside of her department.|
|Mad money [n.]||Cash that is saved and spent unpredictably.|
|Magic bullet [n.]||The perfect solution to a given business problem. Unfortunately, it can't be used to shoot the person dropping terms like this.|
Suggested by Steve B.
|Major player [n.]||A person of influence and power within a given group. "So who are the major players at the table?"|
Suggested by David.
|Make waves [v.]||To cause conflict or argument.|
|Making sausage [v.]||When employees discuss potential financial gains from a customer, in the presence of the customer. "The next time I catch you making sausage in front of a client, you're fired."|
Suggested by Dan.
|Malicious obedience [n.]||The act of following a boss's instructions explicitly, while hoping for failure. It can also involve remaining quiet about any discovered mistakes or poor judgement.|
|Management porn [n.]||A long slide presentation of useless facts and figures, created to distract managers and give them something to salivate over.|
Suggested by Scott.
|Marinate [v.]||To allow some time to consider an idea privately. "I'll just let that one marinate… Catch you on the circle back tomorrow am."|
Suggested by Richard
|Market-facing [adj.]||A role that requires interaction with clients. Contrast with the funny looking bunch relegated to the back office.|
|Marketecture [n.]||Technical advertising, usually including diagrams. "Make sure their techies get our latest piece of marketecture."|
Suggested by Matt F.
|Matrices [n.]||A random diagram used to justify dubious calculations. "If we pause to consider the matrices…"|
Suggested by samuel
|Matrix team [n.]||A group assembled from diverse departments to solve a complex problem. "Pull in the matrix team so we're buttoned up soup-to-nuts."|
|McJob [n.]||A demeaning or low ranking position.|
|Meanderthal [n.]||A person who has difficulty expressing themselves succinctly. They often give long, unfocused presentations.|
|Meat and potatoes [v.]||Basic or traditional. "Your meat and potatoes approach isn't going to work with this crowd."|
Suggested by Mrs. B. Trellis of North Wales.
|Meat on the bone [n.]||Profits. "Give me a month. One good land will put more meat on the bone."|
Suggested by Catherine M.
|Meeting assassin [n.]||Someone who hijacks a meeting with excessive questions or endless follow-on observations. See also: Dr. Freeze.|
Suggested by Gary D.
|Melt-down [n.]||Complete product failure.|
|Meritocracy [n.]||An organization in which the success of individuals is claimed to be based on their aptitude, or merit.|
|Meta ignorance [n.]||Being unaware of what you don't know. A common problem for managers and politicians.|
|Mickey Mouse [adj.]||A trivial solution.|
|Milk [v.]||To take advantage of a favourable situation. "Andrea's really milking the fact that she's the boss's daughter.|
|Mission critical [adj.]||Something that is vital to the success of your business. Easy on the army lingo, soldier.|
|Mom-and-pop [n.]||A small-time operation.|
|Mommy track [n.]||The dead-end career path on which those with family responsibilities sometimes find themselves.|
|Monday morning quarterback [n.]||A person who offers criticism only after something negative has occurred.|
|Mouse potato [n.]||The modern cousin of the couch potato. They typically spend hour after hour in front of the computer.|
|Move the needle [v.]||Increasing activity to complete a project faster. "You talk about efficiency, but when are you going to actually move the needle?"|
Suggested by Jeremy.
|Move things forward [v.]||A generic way of saying 'get something done', without actually having to think about what that entails.|
Suggested by Paul G.
|Moving the goal posts [v.]||Changing the parameters of an ongoing project. "How can we hope to deliver on time if the client keeps moving the goal posts?"|
Suggested by Thomas.
|Mucus trooper [n.]||Your colleague that always gets the worst colds, yet still makes it in to work to cough it all over you.|
|Multi-slacker [n.]||A person who can perform many unproductive things at the same time. These include phone conversations, instant messaging, and web surfing, often on company time.|
|Muppet shuffle [v.]||The shifting of under-performing or troublesome employees to other unsuspecting departments.|
Suggested by David.
|Mushroom principle [n.]||A management practice that involves keeping subordinates in the dark and feeding them s***.|
Suggested by Elliott.
|My understanding [n.]||A fine bit of rhetoric that avoids committing to a yes/no answer. "Is it black or white? Well my understanding is black."|
Suggested by Henri