Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 5)

Written by Civil Service World on 22 June 2015 in Feature
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Terminological Inexactitudes

Project-based working
A pie-in-the-sky initiative designed to introduce long-term civil servants to crazy concepts like planning ahead, reporting on progress, and sticking to schedules 

Seeking your agreement
We’ve already done all the prep work so I’d just keep your head down if I were you 

Diary commitments
Sadly, the minister won’t be attending your vitally important event as her diary is full. Of better offers

Entrepreneurial culture
Enjoy the very best bits of life in the risk-taking private sector, like working a 12-hour day on rubbish pay with nobody to thank you

Champion
This hugely complex public policy challenge we’ve been trying to crack for decades would best be solved by someone with no prior knowledge of it

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Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. I)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 2)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 3)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 4)

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