Eric Jacobson

20 New Words Every Leader Should Know

In General Leadership Skills, Leadership, Leadership Education, Leadership Skills, Management on January 16, 2011 at 10:56 am

Each year, new words and expressions become bona fide entries into the world’s top English dictionaries.
Here are 20 of those words that recently made it into dictionaries — many of which you’ve likely heard your younger employees using.  Or, perhaps you’ve heard a vendor use them, particularly if your company is expanding its social media play.

  1. Big Media — Primary mass communications sources, e.g. TV and the press
  2. Exit Strategy — Planned means of extricating oneself from a situation
  3. Flash Mob — Brief gathering for a common purpose, announced by e-mail or text
  4. Flyover States — Central regions of the U.S.
  5. Friend — (verb) To add to a list of personal associates on a website
  6. Green Audit — Analysis of a business’ environmental state
  7. Green-collar — Of or relating to workers in the environmentalist business sector
  8. Heart — (verb) To like very much
  9. Home-shoring — Moving jobs to employees’ homes (from the word “offshoring”)
  10. Meme — Image, video or phrase passed electronically on the Internet
  11. Microblog (verb) — To post very short entries on a blog
  12. Paywall — Arrangement whereby website access is restricted to paying users only
  13. Social Media — Websites and applications used for social networking
  14. Soft Skills — Attributes that enable someone to interact harmoniously with others
  15. Staycation — Vacation spent at home
  16. Toxic Debt — Debt that has a high risk of default
  17. Tweet — Posting made on the social networking site Twitter
  18. Unfriend — (verb) To remove from a list of personal associates on a website
  19. Viral — Circulating rapidly on the Internet
  20. Webisode — Espisode or short film made for viewing online

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