|Table [v.]||To set an issue aside. "We'll have to table your complaints for now and get back to them when we have more time."|
|Table stakes [n.]||The minimum resources needed to enter a market. Occasionally misspelled as "table steaks," causing confusion and hunger.|
Suggested by Amanda
|Tacit knowledge [n.]||A complicated way of referring to information that only exists within the head of an employee(s). The challenge is often to find a way to record this knowledge before they ditch the company.|
|Tactical [adj.]||Concerned with low-level details and execution. "Don't tell me you're an 'ideas guy' when your team is begging for tactical leadership."|
Suggested by Chris K.
|Tailwinds [n.]||Positive market conditions that favor success. "We're going to capitalize on current tailwinds to carry us into 2011."|
Suggested by Kyle R.
|Take home [n.]||Final net pay after all deductions have been taken off.|
|Take the knock [v.]||To sell at a loss.|
|Talent [n.]||A cynical way to refer to unskilled labor. "We're short-staffed on the fryer this week. Get more talent in the door."|
|Talent [n.]||Key skilled labor. "Never lose sight of The Talent. Acquire it. Keep it happy. Full stop."|
Suggested by Scott
|Talk to [v.]||A self-important way of saying 'talk about'. "I'm going to talk to this report."|
Suggested by Dave
|Talk turkey [v.]||To converse in a serious way. "Step into my office so we can talk turkey."|
|Tall Foreheads [n.]||1) A swipe at older white men with receding hairlines who predominate most senior management teams.|
2) Experts or intellectuals.
"I made the pitch to a room full of Tall Foreheads."
Suggested by Michael A.
|Tangentery [n.]||Distracting side topics. "Let's not get off into tangentery again."|
Suggested by Jargo Girl.
|Tap dancer [n.]||A person who seems busy and productive, but stays in pretty much the same place.|
Suggested by Tony.
|Tart up [v.]||To artificially increase the attractiveness of something. "I think their auditing firm has been tarting up the financials again."|
Suggested by September F.
|Tasked [v.]||To be given an assignment. "I've been tasked with bringing coffee to the meeting."|
Suggested by Randi H.
|Tassel-loafers [n.]||Construction site visitors that can be identified as upper management by the style of their shoes.|
Suggested by Chad W.
|Tee up [v.]||To provide an introduction or transition for the next speaker during a presentation. "Your question is a nice tee-up for our next presenter, Jim, who will speak to that very topic."|
Suggested by Kelly B.
|Teflon shoulders [n.]||The coworker who always manages to wiggle out of assignments. "Total immunity to delegation, this guy. Nothing sticks."|
Suggested by PJ
|Testiculate [UK-v.]||To wave one's arms while at the same time, talking bollocks.|
Suggested by Tom P.
|That dog won''t hunt [exp.]||Your plan seems promising, but will never work in practice.|
|The juice is not worth the squeeze [exp.]||The pain or sacrifice outweighs the expected benefits.|
Suggested by Cool rockin' daddy.
|Think the unthinkable [exp.]||A meaningless challenge taken from the title of a British sitcom about the perils of management consulting.|
|Three-martini lunch [n.]||A business meal with multiple alcoholic drinks. Can be used to 'encourage' a prospective client.|
|Throw the dolly out of the pram [UK-exp.]||A childish, inappropriate outburst in response to frustration. "Now don't throw the dolly out of the pram here; calm down and let's talk about this rationally."|
Suggested by Carol F.
|Throw under the bus [v.]||To avoid responsibilty for a mistake by blaming someone else. "That b**** from finance really threw me under the bus."|
|Tiger team [n.]||A temporary group of "experts" assembled to convince management that everything is under control.|
Suggested by Krystina S
|Time-poor [adj.]||Possessing little free time (of course, this is according to the person using this expression).|
|Timeframe [n.]||A superfluous word whose sole purpose seems to be to add two extra syllables of hot air. "We expect to deliver in a July timeframe." In other words, it'll be ready in July.|
Suggested by Ski.
|Tips and pearls [n.]||Brief pieces of advice and wisdom. "We provide a broad-base consult to really capture those tips and pearls."|
|Title sponsor [n.]||A company that attaches its name to a building, event, or anything else that will take their dirty money.|
|TLA [n.]||Three Letter Acronym. There's no time to say three whole words, even when complaining about overused acronyms.|
Suggested by Michael S.
|Tokenism [adj.]||Putting minority workers in visible roles in order to project an image of diversity.|
|Tony Bagadonuts [n.]||A bumbling man. "So I'm talking to the client and all of a sudden Tony Bagadonuts shows up and interrupts everything."|
Suggested by Brad
|Took a bath [exp.]||A really slick way of saying that a lot of money was lost. "We really took a bath after 9/11."|
|Toolkit [n.]||A collection of training materials. CLAIM: Comprehensive set of tools and strategies for dealing with any situation. REALITY: Three slide PowerPoint.|
Suggested by Rob
|Touch base [v.]||To get in contact with or update. "Call me in two weeks and we'll touch base about this again."|
|Town hall [n.]||A meeting held by senior management for all staff, usually followed by a carefully scripted question and answer period.|
Suggested by Dave
|Transitioning [v.]||An ugly verb meaning 'to undergo a transition.' "We're transitioning to a new payroll system next month."|
|Travel dazzle [exp.]||An attempt to impress the boss while on a business trip together.|
|Tree killer [n.]||Someone who insists on printing every email, document, and web-page they come across.|
|Treeware [n.]||Geek-speak for anything printed on paper.|
|Trending over [v.]||To increase past a projected or budgeted value, usually in reference to spent money."We're trending over plan on our T & E line."|
Suggested by Aaron.
|Trial balloon [n.]||Info sent out to observe the reaction of colleagues or more commonly, supervisors. "Float a trial balloon before you go and spend that money."|
Suggested by John.
|Triangulate [v.]||To involve a third person or party. "The contract looks good to me, but I'll have to triangulate with Gavin in Accounts before we can move forward."|
Suggested by Michael P.
|Tribal knowledge [n.]||Group wisdom gained over many years in a given industry. "I'm going to hit you with some hard won tribal knowledge."|
Suggested by Erik
|Triple-dub [n.]||The freshest way to start spelling out a website address. "Dude, you have to hit up triple-dub dot superpizzaboner dot info."|
Suggested by Alli R.
|True North [n.]||The business direction that leads to success. "We've brought in some consultants to help steer us to True North."|
|Trustafarian [n.]||A co-worker, typically a young intern, who is from a wealthy background but dresses like a bohemian stoner.|
Suggested by Luke K.
|TTB [n.]||Time to boxes. Elapsed meeting time before someone jumps up and begins drawing boxes on the whiteboard.|
Suggested by Dennis
|Turd polishing [v.]||1) Putting a positive spin on an unpleasant situation.|
2) Efforts to make cosmetic improvements to something that is fundamentally flawed.
Suggested by Derrick and Pillson.
|Turkey farm [n.]||A division used to store the incompetent or unfireable, safely isolated from actual customer interaction. Members may include eccentric IT gurus, union reps, and your boss's teenage daughter.|
Suggested by Chuck P.
|Turkey trot [v.]||Transferring a difficult or incompetent worker into another section of the company.|
|Turn-key [adj.]||Describes a system that can be immediately installed and activated, without significant configuration.|
|Two-comma [adj.]||Anything that costs over 1,000,000. "We just landed a two-comma contract this morning."|
|Twobicle [n.]||A cubicle built for two. "Having my own twobicle will always be the dream."|
Suggested by Marty R.