Lucy Kellaway’s dictionary of business jargon and corporate nonsense
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Perpetrator Mark Foster, Accenture

Usage example "With the rise of the multi-polar world, the task of finding and managing talent has become more complex, turbulent and contradictory than ever before."

Lucy’s commentary "Talent" is a hideous misnomer as most people aren't terribly talented at all. Accenture's guff conflicts with two laws, the first of geography - there are only two poles - and the second of business - finding "talent" has always been hard as there isn't enough to go round. The only excuse for saying it is "complex, turbulent and contradictory" is to make it sound so complicated that the services of Accenture must be needed to sort it out.

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