Lucy Kellaway’s dictionary of business jargon and corporate nonsense
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Executive brownout

Translation into plain English Boss malaise

Perpetrator Michael E Kibler, Corporate Balance Concepts, Harvard Business Review

Usage example "We’ve seen leaders in brownout spread the malaise by, for example, subconsciously protecting their own turf, shutting down brave new ideas for growth, losing track of talented staff (especially 'B' players), and by being a role model that the next generation grudgingly respects, but finds deeply unappealing."

Lucy’s commentary Winner of Sick Bucket Gong, 2015 Golden Flannel Awards.

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