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Friday, March 29, 2013 - 3:45am

WORKING: In A Cliche Rut?

Updated: 4 years ago.
Our workplaces are full of clichés: we’re ‘thinking outside the box’ and ‘circling back’ and ‘shifting paradigms’ every day. Brandon Smith explains why buzzwords and catch phrases don’t help us communicate clearly and how we can break the habit. (Photo Courtesy of Arjun Kartha via stock.xchng.)

Our workplaces are full of clichés: we’re "thinking outside the box" and "circling back" and "shifting paradigms" every day.

But does this kind of talk "move the needle" in terms of our ability to communicate with each and be creative in our work?

Our guru for all things working and career, Brandon Smith, helps us ‘peel back the onion’ and break the habit on buzzwords and clichés.

Brandon Smith teaches about leadership, communication, and workplace culture at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. More of his advice is on his blog and at While you’re there, ask him your workplace or career question. We might use your question on a future radio segment.