Lucy Kellaway’s dictionary of business jargon and corporate nonsense
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Master expert

Translation into plain English Consultant

Perpetrator McKinsey

Usage example "This role is on our 'Expert’ career track, this has four roles: Specialist, Specialist Expert, Senior Expert and Master Expert. They are for consultants who maintain cutting edge expertise, often in a fairly specialised field."

Lucy’s commentary The tautology is no doubt a ploy to soften up the client as a prelude to charging twice the normal rate.

Related: Ground-truthing

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