Lucy Kellaway’s dictionary of business jargon and corporate nonsense
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Chief pollinator

Translation into plain English Pass

Perpetrator Volans

Usage example “John Elkington, Chairman & Chief Pollinator: while he resists being labelled, John is a writer, thought-leader and business strategist, a serial entrepreneur and, at heart, an environmentalist.” (spotted by Matt Walters)

Lucy’s commentary If this man resists being labelled, why has he accepted a title that makes him sound like a bee? Bees don’t write or think, let alone lead thoughts.

Related: Chief manifesto catalyst

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