10 Business Clichés to Remove From Your Vocabulary in 2015

January 29, 2015

Career Advice

Whether you’re deep in a job search or years into a successful position, there’s one bad habit we’d like you to break in 2015: relying on overused business jargon. Why? Because when a phrase becomes a cliché it loses its meaning.

That means when you speak these phrases, your conversation isn’t as strong as it could be. Maybe people lose interest, or roll their eyes, or your argument loses. Read this Forbes piece on why we’re over business jargon to learn more reasons why it can negatively affect your career.

Let’s make 2015 a year when we “think outside the box” — another overused phrase — and come up with a more thoughtful and creative way to get through the business day.

Here are 10 words and phrases we could live without in 2015:

  • Let’s keep that in the pipeline. 
  • I need you to give 110 percent.
  • We want to be thought leaders.
  • Let’s push the envelope.
  • That’s right in our wheelhouse.
  • I’ll circle back with that information.
  • We can hack that.
  • That’s a no brainer. 
  • We need to wrap our heads around this.
  • Any out-of-context use of the words: startup, hack, or disrupt.

About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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