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Corporate Jargon as Famous Movie Quotes

by Matt Davis  |  December 14, 2011  |  2 Comments

Occasionally in my work with clients, I will say some jargon that clearly does not register.  And in an effort to clarify, I always try to think of a better way to explain that just providing a definition.  So for you all you hybrid business geeks / movie buffs, here are my thoughts on some ways we can share our jargon in a clearer way…

  • Functional Silos:“What we’ve got here… is failure to communicate.” – Cool Hand Luke
  • Cost-to-Serve: “SHOW ME THE MONEY!” – Jerry Maguire
  • Best Practices: “I’ll have what she’s having…” – When Harry Met Sally
  • Demand Sensing:“You talkin to me?!” – Taxi Driver
  • Demand Shaping:“These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.” – Star Wars
  • Predictive Analytics: “They’ve done studies, you know. Sixty percent of the time, it works every time.” – Anchorman
  • Capacity Management: “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” – Jaws
  • Risk Management: “There’s no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you’ll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?” – Airplane
  • Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP): “You can’t handle the truth!” – A Few Good Men
  • Network Visibility: “If I’m walking into a sh*t-storm, I want to know which way the wind’s blowing.” – Spy Game
  • Collaboration: “Keep your friends close… but your enemies closer.” – The Godfather II
  • End-of-Life Management: “Goonies never say die!” – The Goonies
  • Benchmarking: “I’m not perfect, but who are we kidding, neither are you.” – Wedding Crashers
  • Cost / Benefit Analysis: “All I’ve ever wanted was an honest week’s pay for an honest day’s work.” – Sergeant Bilko
  • Fulfillment: “Why don’t you just go home? That’s your home. Are you to good for home? Answer me!” – Happy Gilmore
  • Tradeoff Analytics: “Have you ever wondered if there was more to life, other than being really, really, ridiculously good looking?” – Zoolander
  • Continuous Improvement: “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.”– Dodgeball

 And for anyone in process management… “I don’t have to take this abuse from you; I’ve got hundreds of people dying to abuse me.” – Ghostbusters

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Matthew Davis
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Thoughts on Corporate Jargon as Famous Movie Quotes


  1. Jim Ashmore says:

    Vendor Management: “I’ll make him an offer he cannot refuse.” – Godfather?

  2. Christian MacCurtin says:

    Here’s another one for Rick Management, or Legal.: in repsonse to the news of federal indictment for questionable business practices- ” Game Over, Man! It’s Game OVER! what are we gonna do now?! WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO?!?!– Aliens



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