- What’s your vision?
- Where do you want to be in five years?
- What are the three things you want to achieve?
- What do you want to accomplish in this meeting?
- What are the three take away?
- What is the net-net
- Give me three bullet points
Robots ask these.
To acid-test whether it’s a robot language or not, imagine yourself talking to your wife/husband like that. Unless you go back home in the evening and say ‘darling, what are the three things you want to achieve tonight? (so you are a robot), that thing would not pass the test. If it doesn’t, don’t use it in the office either (unless you work with robots, that is)
Somehow corporate language has become robotic. We have injected in people’s mind a menu of questions that come automatically as default. Situations are even embarrassing. And, still, people carry on.
The CEO has just been in front of the group talking about the future of the company for 45 min, Q&A comes in, and somebody asks ‘what’s your vision for the company?’ And it seems normal. The one who asks the questions feels very smart. The CEO repeats what she has just said. No shooting. Nobody gets hurt.
We have been told that the robots are coming and they will steal our jobs. Afraid not. The robots are already here. The ones coming are second generation robots, and they may even speak human language. Their advantage may be to be the humans that we are not.
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