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It used to be c-words that were used in business writing- connection, contribution, control, creativity, etc – but we seem to have morphed into using e-words now.

I keep hearing the following words and am not sure people are using them right.

  • Emergent – meant to describe what will be, it’s being used when we don’t know what will happen
  • Empower – meant to give people responsibility, it’s being used to avoid us being held accountable later
  • Evolving – meant to describe growth, it’s being used to slow down the expected pace of change
  • Equity – meant to suggest equivalence, it’s being used as a shorthand for diversity AND inclusion when it means neither
  • Efficiency – meant to suggest clean processes, it’s being used to cut out personal interaction

Which e-words are appearing and being misused in your world?

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