|Race without a finish line [n.]||A frantic effort without a clearly defined goal. "I see you clowns racing, but where's the damn finish line?"|
Suggested by Mark N.
|Raft of measures [n.]||A group of solutions launched concurrently. "Let me assure you that we will float out a raft of measures to correct this imbalance."|
Suggested by Michael D.
|Ramp up [v.]||To increase over a period of time.|
|Rasterbator [n.]||A person who uses photo-editing software compulsively.|
|RDB [n.]||Rectal DataBase. The origin of ideas that are pulled out of one's ass.|
|Re-inventing the wheel [v.]||Hard work that can be avoided by simply stealing the solution from someone else.|
Suggested by Julie.
|Reach out [v.]||To contact. A dramatic way of saying a very mundane thing. "I'll have my people reach out sometime next week."|
Suggested by Denis
|Ready, fire, aim [exp.]||Releasing a product that isn't ready just to meet an arbitrary deadline or impress investors. "Come on... ready, fire, aim. We'll fix it in post."|
Suggested by Mr. Planner.
|Real-time [adj.]||Voice communication (as compared to email and text). "75 reply threads and you're still nowhere. Get on the horn and deal with this in real-time."|
Suggested by Jeff.
|Recontextualize [v.]||To redefine an organization's role in a given business environment. Who can actually say this word with a straight face??|
|Rectible [n.]||A larger, rectangle shaped cubicle usually given to team leaders.|
Suggested by Jeffrey.
|Red flag [n.]||Warning sign.|
|Reduction in Force (RIF) [n.]||One of the many euphemisms used to describe firing people.|
|Referenceability [n.]||A measure of a firm's ability to gather positive references and case studies from its clients.|
Suggested by Lisa G.
|Rent-a-quote [n.]||"Experts" for hire that are prized for their ability to provide convincing sound-bites.|
|Repeating tickler [n.]||A recurring calendar event with a reminder alarm.|
|Report [n.]||A subordinate. "By this time next year, you'll have a small army of direct reports."|
|Repurpose [v.]||To redefine how an item is used, often as an alternative to discarding it. "If we don't repurpose this production line, we're going to waste $2 million in capital."|
|Resonate [v.]||To appeal to someone on a fundamental level. "This new model will really resonate with the youth market."|
|Resource [n.]||References anything that will be used to complete a task, whether it be a stapler or a person. Helps managers strip away the humanity from their employees before making hard choices.|
Suggested by Renee.
|Responsibility curve [n.]||The collection of things for which one is responsible. "Accounts Receivable is not part of my responsibility curve."|
Suggested by Dave C.
|Resume stain [n.]||A job (or company) that looks so terrible that you'd rather leave it off your resume.|
|Retired in place (RIP'd) [adj.]||Describes a 'tenured' employee who still holds a position, but generally does nothing but count the days until retirement.|
Suggested by Mark D.
|Retread [v.]||To implement a failed idea for the second time.|
Suggested by Matt F.
|Reverse infallibility [exp.]||Describes a person who is always wrong.|
Suggested by Just Some Poor Schmuck
|Reverse logistics [n.]||The return of a faulty product to the manufacturer. "Make sure the reverse logistics are as complicated as possible for the customer."|
Suggested by fhunktion.
|Ride herd [v.]||From a cowboy expression meaning to observe and control closely. "Jill, I need you to ride heard on this project."|
Suggested by aclassicgirl.
|Right seat on the bus [n.]||Responsibilities that complement the skills of those assigned. "We want to hire you, but just can't seem to find the right seat on the bus."|
Suggested by Jeremy.
|Right-shoring [v.]||Distributing operations to the most profitable location, instead of assuming that offshore options are inherently superior.|
Suggested by Aaron D.
|Rightsizing [v.]||A gentler way to refer to downsizing. Suggests that a round of layoffs is simply a labor surplus correction, rather than a symptom of deep financial problems.|
|Road map [n.]||A plan for dealing with upcoming business challenges.|
|Robust dialog [n.]||A productive conversation between co-workers involving open, honest discussion. Usually this translates to two assholes shouting at each other.|
Suggested by Christina.
|Rocket surgery [n.]||A delightful way to combine two points of comparison when discussing the difficulty of a task. "Come on, it's not rocket surgery."|
Suggested by Jon K
|Rocking a pair of doobs [v.]||Wearing boat/deck shoes (Dubarrys) in a business setting.|
Suggested by Chrissie.
|Rocks in the backpack [n.]||The individual responsibilities that make up a person's total workload. "Can't help you. I've got enough rocks in my backpack."|
Suggested by Leah.
|Roll in [v.]||When telling a story about a late coworker, this is the only acceptable way to describe their arrival. "Typical Millennial... rolls in at 10:45 without saying a word."|
|Rolling the tortoise [v.]||Excessively increasing resources to accelerate an otherwise slow-moving project. "Pull in ten extra bodies to help roll the tortoise."|
Suggested by Nigel.
|Rolling thunder approach [n.]||Creating a constant media buzz.|
Suggested by Atticus I.
|Rooster call [n.]||An early morning meeting scheduled well before normal working hours. Breakfast optional, but they best be brewing coffee.|
Suggested by Gene R.
|Round file [n.]||The garbage pail. "This sales brochure is going straight into the round file."|
|Row back [v.]||To retreat from a position. "You can't expect B.O.D. row back with so many shareholders pushing for no confidence."|
|Royal jelly [n.]||1) The substance that bees rub onto an immature female to cause her to transform into a queen.|
2) The flashy projects and good assignments that are constantly fed to someone the boss is grooming for promotion.
"Debra's been getting a ton of royal jelly lately, you think she'll remember us when she makes VP?"
Suggested by Randy D.
|Rub my rhubarb [exp.]||To be irritated in a particularly annoying or painful way. "These whiny new interns are really starting to rub my rhubarb."|
Suggested by Luke K.
|Rubber check [n.]||A bounced check.|
|Rubber stamp [n.]||Approval. "Can I get your rubber stamp on this one?"|
|Rube Goldberg [adj.]||Describes an inefficient and overly complex solution.|
|Rug ranking [exp.]||When the career of an assistant is tied to that of his or her boss.|
|Run it up the flagpole [exp.]||To find out what colleagues think of a new idea.|
Suggested by Patti
|Runway [n.]||The amount of time left before a startup runs out of money. "You've got a 5 month runway—don't waste it."|
Suggested by Tim C.