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A little on the edge

Testy, irritable, and/or nervous reactions


while working on a task.

Back against the wall

Last opportunity or chance to perform.

Back burner

Not treated as a top priority; not as


important as other matters.

Back pedaling

Attempting to correct a mistake


or reverse an action that was


unsuccessful.

Ballyhooed

Talked about in an exaggerated


way.

Bargaining chip

Situation or circumstances that


are used to have an advantage


in negotiating.

Been there, done that
Prior experience.
Behind the 8 ball

Actions that leave an unfair advantage


on last resort in matters.

Being on the front line

Performing tasks that require


technical skills.

Below the belt
Unethical or unfair tactics.
Bottom line

The last line in a profit and loss


statement; it refers to net profit


or lost.

Brightest days

The best of times for a person


or organization.

Bring to the Table

Supplying information or facts


that can be helpful when decisions


have to be made.

Bull market

Situation where the stock market is


increasing in value and investors


feel it will continue to grow.

CCO
Chief Customer Officer.
Center stage
A very important position.
Champaign taste

Having a desire to purchase


premium products and services.

Circle the wagon

Gathering person(s) who provide


support and additional resources


against opposing actions.

Climbed the ladder
Promoted to higher-level jobs.
Cost of doing business

Expenses necessary before


making profit.

Cool under fire

Ability to complete a task under


stressful conditions.

Counting on it
Expecting it.
Do the math

Providing specific facts that aid


in concluding or summarizing


a decision.

E-mail snooped

When someone other than the


addressee reads e-mail messages.

Even playing ground/field

Circumstances and/or talents are


identical for all participating parties.

Fine tuning

Giving attention to details or precision


before final draft.

Free ride

Receiving a favor without incurring


any expenses.

From scratch
From the beginning.
Frosting on the cake

Making a good decision even


better with additional perfection.

Go for broke

Attempt that is extreme and usually


lacks results or final action.

Going down a slippery slope

Actions that are not guaranteed


to be successful; speculation.

Going public

A company making stock ownership


available to the general public.

Gone off the deep end

Doing something risky, almost


crazy–like jumping into the deep


end of a swimming pool when


you can't swim.

Goofing off

Accounting system for organizations


whose purpose is not generating


a profit but serving ratepayer,


taxpayers, and others according


to a duly approved budget.

Gray area

Alternatives that are not clearly


determined as positive or


negative actions.

Hard and fast rule

Laws and/or restrictions that are


not negotiable.

Hard copy
Copy printed on paper.
Head hunter

Person looking for qualified job


applicants for a particular job


position.

Hearsay
Rumors within the workplace.
Heart

The most important part of


something; the central force


or idea.

Heart-to-heart talk

Conversation expressing sincere


or truthful opinions.

Hi-powered

Top producer or No.1 ranking.

Hot second
Immediately.
Huddle room

Room in a virtual office design


used for private meetings


or conversations.

If it isn't broken, don't fix it

Don't risk making things worse


by changing things that don't


need to be changed.

In the black
Company making profit.
In the red
Company losing money.
Jumped headfirst

Began quickly and eagerly


without hesitation.

Key player

Important participant.

Kick back and relax

To make a rest.

Know-how
A level of specific expertise.
Let the chips fall as they may

Attempt best move and hope


for a great success.

Level playing field
Treating everyone equally.
Loggers

Persons who logged on to


the internet.

Measuring stick

Tool used to evaluate or


compare something.

Mint condition

In excellent condition or


superior results.

Missing the Boat

Failure to understand and/or


interpret an action.

More than meets the eye

More than one can see with his


or her own eyes; much is


happening that is not visible.

Mouse-click away

Ease of doing something by


using the computer or Internet.

Muddy the water

Making things even more difficult


than they currently are.

Net meeting

Conference call through computer


network system.

Out of the office loop

Out of the line of communication


that occurs in the workplace.

Out of the loop

Being left out of communication


and/or not being included in the


decision-making process within


an office.

Pass the "smell test"

Circumstances and/or decisions


are not illegal or unethical.

Past the smell test

Decision(s) that does not violate


rules or policies.

Pave the way
Process of making a task easier.
Perks

Short for perquisites; compensation


in addition to salary, such as day


care or a company car.

Piece of the action
A share in the opportunity.
Pink slip
A notice that you've lost your job.
Pitch in
To help as needed.
Poster child

Best example.

Pros and cons
Arguments for and against something.
Pulling rank or file

Using hierarchy rank or


organizational title/position


authority level for making a


demand to a subordinate.

Quid pro quo

Latin phrase meaning "something


given in return for something else."

Quite a stir

Something that causes a


feeling of concern.

Rally the troops

Person who gathers allies to


achieve a task.

Read between the lines

Interpreting information that


is not obvious or requires


cognitive interpretations.

Rubber meets the road
Actions must produce high results.
Sea of information

Lots of information, often too


much to process.

Served notice

Giving notification and/or warning


about a task or action not being


completed.

Shrinking violet

Potential and/or opportunities


are not being used that originally


were viewed beneficial.

Snail mail

Mail or messages that are not


delivered electronically.

Smoking gun

An issue or other disclosure that


proves a person or organization


has done something wrong.

State-of-the-art
The most modern type available.
Step up to the plate

Willingness to complete a task


or deadline within a short notice.

Take a back seat

Actions or decisions are not


top priority.

Telephone tag

To leave a telephone message


when you attempt to return a


message left for you.

Thinking out of the box

Nontraditional and/or creative


ideas or suggestions.

Throwing money out the window

Decisions that are not beneficial


that could have even been avoided.

Time in the trenches

Working with the other employees


and experiencing what they contend


with as opposed to managing from


an office and relying solely on


reports about what is happening


in the workplace.

Time is money

Time devoted to complete a task/job


has monetary value.

TMI (too much information)

Providing unrelated information


and excessive information prior


to a decision.

To take a break

To slow down and do something


besides work.

Toys off the table

Attendees at a meeting are not


allowed to place dissenting


gadgets on conference tables,


i.e. cell phones, back bag/laptop.

Trigger-happy

Term that refers to people reacting


too fast to the circumstances facing


them in a difficult situation.

Turn a blind eye

Ignore something of importance.

Turn the work off
Stop working.
Up for grabs

Opportunities are available for everyone.

Used as a buffer

An example and/or replacement


is used as a filler and task is


completed.

Walk out the door
Leave the company; quit your job.
Watching over your shoulder

Looking at everything you do.

We want to look you in the eye

Persons are requesting a meeting in person.

Win-win situation

Negotiations in which all parties


are pleased with final decisions.

Working out the kinks

Eliminating any restrictions or


stumbling blocks before


completing a task.

Working under a deadline

Completing a task that has a


specific due date.

Your calling

A person's performance on the


job that reflects superior skill levels.

24/7 or working around the clock

Working 24 hours 7 days a week.