One of our original drivers for creating a stick figure comic was the amount of jargon we encountered on a day-to-day basis. Amusing PM catchphrases like long pole and timebox and management speak like wheelhouse. So we're back to our core mission a few times this week, particularly as I've been subjected to quite a few episodes of "what did s/he say?" over the last week.
Here's a link to the Ridiculous Business Jargon Dictionary. No Zone of Control. Wikipedia has a definition, but it's reserved for hex-based games (not that you couldn't have a business-based, hex-based, game which literally gave players a zone of control...): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zone_of_control
And an alt to the Wikipedia article on business jargon that could use some additions, but has a good link to a (very short) BBC article about the impact of jargon at work:
"Using management jargon doesn't make you a good manager. The most effective bosses recognise that one of the keys to engaging, motivating and enthusing people is to communicate in a way which everyone can easily understand."
Title:> I wonder if it would come faster if I shot myself in the foot?
Snrky: He said we were both under his "Zone of Control." I'm anxiously awaiting an evac chopper.