I have just been handed a copy of the dictionary of (bull.shit) by Nick Webb. I think I'll be posting excerpts during the course of the day as I snatch the odd moment to look up something.
But to kick things off:
challenge (n.), challenging (adj.) Difficult. An "opportunity" is slightly less threatening than a "challenge." Both may be "issues," but neither is a problem.
consultants (n) The consumate professionals of our time. They don't make anything-they just take a view. Consultants are bright and may have a lot to offer because of the catholic range of their experience. It can make sense to use them to deal with some one-off upheaval requiring staff with specialist skills whom it would not be economic to recruit permanently. Unfortunately directors, lacking both confidence and moral courage, tend to draft in consultants when they need a third party to blame for something unpalatable. Consultants are staggeringly expensive, partly because they have perfected the art of teasing out the bleeding obvious and partly because their clients are so inept at specifying the task in the first place. See also consultancies under Political Bullshit.
core values (n./jargon) This is flattering, for it presupposes that the corporation has values.