No Business Partner
When it’s not all in a word.
I suffered a soul destroying series of transactions with South Africa’s Cape Town municipality recently.
It’s perfectly acceptable in their world for someone to sit on something for almost a year, and then spank you with exorbitant interest on rates as a result. Disgraceful.
Then, when I paid, and my transaction clearly went through from my coffers, they lose the money and blame me. As bad as it can get.
Did anyone care? Not a chance. Even worse, when referring to me, rather than use terms like ‘rate-payer’, I was constantly called a “Business Partner”.
When I challenged this, I was told that was what they must call every ‘customer’.
I pointed out that how I was being treated was as far removed from being a business partner as you could get. They still didn’t care.
A classic example of a cultural disconnect.
This kind of vacuous corporate doublespeak is suicidal in the real world. I hope you don’t have anything similar strangling your efforts in your field.
Time for an overall jargon audit…?