Here are my top 11 words or expressions that none of us should dare say at the Annual Convention under penalty of listening to Barry Manilow for 24 hours straight while reading the FMLA intermittent regulations:

11. Buy in

10. Drivers

9. Synergistic alignment

8. Sea Change

7. Paradigm Shift

6 Knowledge share

5. Change agent

4. Value Proposition

3. Leverage best practices

2. Seat at the table

1. Think Outside the Box

I came up with #1 after vetting all 11 with key SHRM stakeholders and the completion of a robust gap analysis.

I would like to add emphasize that, if you think outside the box, you are still restrained by the box! Enough with the boxes already.

Listen for these words and avoid them at all cost. After all, you don’t want to be accused of “drinking the Kool Aid”

I must pivot now to another meeting. I will revert to this list after the meeting. But I hope you are actively engaged in the HR space as you ready for the Annual Conference.

And, remember, I write the blogs that make the whole world sing. This one is for you, Fanilows.