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leverage

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Used as a verb it means magnify, multiply, augment, or increase. therefore you can place it in almost any sentence. In finance, leverage…
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GAAP

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Generally Accepted Accounting Principles GAAP refer to the standard framework of guidelines for financial accounting used in any given…
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EBITDA

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Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization A company's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and…
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C-level

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The highest-level executives in senior management are called "C-level" or part of the "C-suite", referring to the 3-letter initials starting…

CTO

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Chief Technology Officer A chief technology officer is an executive-level position in a company or other entity whose occupant is focused…
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COO

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Chief Operating Officer A Chief Operating Officer or Director of Operations can be one of the highest-ranking executives in an…

CDS

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Credit default swap A credit default swap is a financial swap agreement that the seller of the CDS will compensate the buyer in the event…

HQ

Infinity May.2014

Headquarters is the location where most of the important functions of an organization are coordinated. In the United States, the corporate…

drop dead date

Infinity May.2014

A provision in a contract or agreement that stipulates a finite deadline which will automatically trigger adverse consequences. It is the…
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downsize

Infinity May.2014

A more or less abstract description for laying off people. As defined by Art Budros, downsizing is defined as the "conscious use of…

CFO

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Chief financial officer The [wort:20228:CFO] is a corporate officer primarily responsible for managing the financial risks of the…
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CEO

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Chief executive officer A CEO is generally the most senior corporate officer (executive) or administrator in charge of managing an…

B2C

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Business-to-consumer B2C is the sale of goods and services from businesses to the consumer.

B2B

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Business-to-business B2B describes transactions between businesses, such as between a manufacturer and a wholesaler, or between a…

24/7

Infinity May.2014

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. This term is used to express that something is available all the time.

jobfuscate

Infinity May.2014

Jobfuscate is a term used to describe that someone makes his job or job experience sounding so complex that others are not understanding it.

best-of-breed

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The best-of-breed product has been identified as the best product of its type. There are a lot of products or services marketed as…

agility

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Agility is the ability to adapt rapidly to changes in the environment. Therefore business agility is the capability of an organization to…
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low-hanging fruit

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Something which is easily achievable and which does not require a lot of effort. It can be obtained by readily available means.

cloud

Infinity May.2014

Everything is in/around/outside/integrated within or somehow related to the cloud nowadays. The term "cloud" is essentially just a…

bring to the table

Infinity May.2014

The things which are contributed to a group or partner. Nice example: "We're talking about what students bring to the table and executing…

win-win

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Usually a win-win situation refers to a situation where both parties get benefits. It is designed in a way that all participants can…
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think outside the box

Infinity May.2014

Thinking outside the box (also thinking out of the box or thinking beyond the box) is a metaphor that means to think differently,…

asap

Infinity May.2014

As soon as possible Typically everything should be done asap. To make sure it is done even sooner just use ASAP.

fyi

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For your information
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value-add

Infinity May.2014

Value added refers to some "extra" features of an item/product/service/person/ etc. that go beyond the standard expectations and provide…

synergy

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By definition synergy is the interaction of multiple elements in a system to produce an effect different from or greater than the sum of…

afaik

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as-far-as-I-know Basically you just want to make a statement but have no idea about what you are talking. So it is never wrong to mention…

bangalored

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Been fired after the position was transferred to India or an offshore company in general.

ballpark

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An estimate or approximate numerical number. Typically this is just to get a rough estimate about some figures. If someone requests a…

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C-level

Infinity May.2014

An overview of C-level titles can be found at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C-Suite

downsize

Infinity May.2014


Slideshare: Impact of downsizing

low-hanging fruit

Infinity May.2014

Financial adviser interview question:
Tell us about your "low hanging fruit". The people close to you who you can immediately get as clients.

low-hanging fruit

Infinity May.2014

By the way, you can call it LHF as well. Sounds way more professional.

think outside the box

Infinity May.2014

A nice presentation about concepts which gives you some ideas to do this famous "out-of-the-box" thinking:
Slideshare: How to think outside…

value-add

Infinity May.2014

In 2009 it was one of the 15 buzzwords the Inc. magazine promoted to be one of the terms they don't want to hear any more:
The Good The Bad…

conference call

Infinity May.2014

A great example how real life conference calls work:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYu_bGbZiiQ


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Why this site at all?

Infinity May.2014

This was the first question I asked myself when going to setup this website.

While working in various functions within the business and beeing a non-native speaker of english and also a non-native business person (technical guy) there have been a lot of things to learn. Basically it was pretty hard what some terms meant and even hard to know what they really mean. Therefore I figured out quite some stuff myself and thought it might be an…





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Corporate jargon, also known as corporate speak, corporate lingo, business speak, business jargon, management speak, workplace jargon, or commercialese, is the jargon often used in large corporations, bureaucracies, and similar workplaces. It may be characterised by sometimes-unwieldy elaborations of common English phrases, acting to conceal the real meaning of what is being said. It is contrasted with plain English.

The tone is associated with managers of large corporations, business management consultants, and occasionally government. Reference to such jargon is typically derogatory, implying the use of long, complicated, or obscure words, abbreviations, euphemisms, and acronyms. For that reason some of its forms may be considered as an argot. Some of these words may be actually new inventions, designed purely to fit the specialized meaning of a situation or even to "spin" negative situations as positive situations.

Marketing speak is a related label for wording styles used to promote a product or service to a wide audience by seeking to create the impression that the vendors of the service possess a high level of sophistication, skill, and technical knowledge. Such language is often used in marketing press releases, advertising copy, and prepared statements read by executives and politicians. Marketing speak is characterized by its heavy use of buzzwords, neologisms, and terms appropriated from specialized technical fields which are eventually rendered almost meaningless through heavy repeated use in inappropriate contexts. [Wikipedia about Corporate_jargon]