In a former life I worked in corporate America. Since defecting and taking refuge in the world of emergency medicine and cardiac education, one thing has become abundantly clear. I’d rather be working in the back of an ambulance than in the boardroom.
I found the corporate environment distorts our perception of life, clouds our judgment and mangles the rational mind. The result is an inability to recognize true emergencies and respond appropriately. Exaggerated jargon in the workplace creates a “constant state of emergency.” Whether specific terminology is used to motivate and stimulate an emotional response from employees or used because it creates a sense of self-importance within leadership, the impact leaves us less likely to recognize and then willingly and effectively intervene in a crisis. In addition, we overestimate other situations, and as a result, our response is one of panic rather than purpose.