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"Give me the view from 10,000 feet"

One of the most atrocious examples of consulting-speak that I see on a day-to-day basis is asking for the “10,000-ft view” — a euphemism for “give me the general idea, but leave out those annoying details that I don’t care much about.” If you don’t care about the details, just say so — don’t give me some contrived “oh I’m thinking at a level far above you ground-cannon-fodder” term to avoid saying what you actually mean.

Of course, instead of suffering in silence, what I should do is really give them that “high altitude view” that they so crave (a la Dilbert):


Ahh… the life of a termite


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