Who was the 1st the introduce the concept of the workplace metaphor?

Who was the 1st the introduce the concept

of the workplace metaphor?


I have been collecting a list of metaphors and cliches

often used in the work place to mean something to the

person saying it, in an almost self-righteous way.

For example, I once heard my boss say "Rome wasn’t built

in a day…And You Can Boil the Ocean at the Same Time…While

I know you know How to Eat an Elephant – One Bite At a Time…

you might lack the Line of Site and JUMP INTO THE WEEDS

where your Grass Roots spirit takes over your 60,000 foot view."

How many workplace metaphors were used in the last paragraph?

(BTW, that was rhetorical).

The interestingly ironic thing is that these statements, while vague

and often spoken in an effort to "spin" the situation into a positive

light, they are nothing more than "smoke and mirror" statements (what I affectionately

like to call SAM).

If you hear a colleague saying one of these phrases, you might be

wondering what you should do?

Here are a few suggestions…

A) Hold your hand up in a gun position (thumb up//pointer finger out) and shoot an air gun while winking your eye.

B) Respond back with your own string of workplace metaphors: "There are no silver bullets", "let’s parachute down to

street level", etc.

C) Hit your staples ‘Easy Button’ to eject said person through the roof

All in all, it is a fast and easy way to tell who you want to

associate with — Go for those who speak with passion and integrity;

not spin doctors, for you might just wind up with your sweet spot (meaning:

where you find the best in breed for your business at the lowest opportunity

cost) mixed with some secret sauce (meaning: the key success measure) resulting in what my

friends tease me for doing all of the time: mixing my metaphors!



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