Something that you are born with, or something that you perhaps acquire due to fortuitous circumstances such as being born to affluent parents and attending the best schools.BUSINESS PERFORMANCEIn modern management-speak
, talent seems to have morphed into referring to the unusual skills that drive business performance.
A spokesman for Londonoffices.com commented: "There's so much overuse of cliched jargon and management-speak
used around offices now that it's almost beyond parody, 'circle back' is one which particularly yanks my chain.
I know when I try to translate club statements from management-speak
into English I like to contextualise it by imagining it spoken by a cartoon character.
Unlike Thursday's onesided contest against San Marino, Sunday's duel at least gives England's players the opportunity to apply Roy Hodgson's David Brent-style management-speak
, "to take ownership of their performances," against opponents unlikely to be gracing the European Championship finals.
8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Channel 4, 9pm Synergy is one of those management-speak
buzzwords, flung around in meetings with little heed to its actual meaning.
The 2013 Kronos Boss's Day Survey also revealed the attributes of the best managers; employees preferred form of recognition; and the management-speak
phrases that employees find the most annoying.
His drivers and suppliers make it clear that they don't think he's up to the job and all the management-speak
in the world won't change their opinion.
But enough of Kayleigh's love life, let's have more twisted management-speak
! How about "Proper planning prevents p***-poor performance" and - this, I think, was about his matchmaking - "It's all about people; the heart of the matter is the matter of the heart." Thanks Nev.
It seems that last month's anecdote about the fed-up Technology Strategy Board executive may have opened up a can of worms of irritating management-speak
. One reader writes to say that as an engineer at a US company he would sometimes hear phrases such as: "If you see a golden nugget, pick it up, wrap it in cotton wool, and drive for the line." Which translates as: complete any money-saving projects first.
Would you prefer West Midlands Police to splash out PS1 million on bobbies to patrol your neighbourhood or on a bunch of boffins with spreadsheets, charts and a penchant for management-speak
? Ask the man - or woman - on the troubled street and chances are they'd opt for extra cops.
I would cruelly blame this 'good moment' rubbish on those who aren't native English speakers, but Brendan Rodgers has claimed Liverpool are in a good moment, which is as good an indicator as any that a phrase has entered the 2012-13 edition of The Football Management-speak