(Transition Phase is an annoying business term and is just one of the 212 Most Annoying Business Phrases Managers Effuse, Confuse, and Overuse detailed in the hilarious must-have guide for every workplace: The 30,000-Pound Gorilla in the Room. Available right now on Amazon.)
When your annoying boss uses the words transition phase to describe anything, there’s a 99% chance something in your business is going very badly, no one knows exactly why, and there’s no definitive plan to fix it.
Transition phase has become a rationalization by ineffective managers to explain the limbo period between yesterday’s dumpster fire and tomorrow’s disaster. It’s the period of nothingness where everyone gets a free pass (think of it as your company’s version of The Purge – only this one lasts a lot longer than 24 hours).
Transition phase can also be used as an excuse – a smokescreen, if you will – to explain away bad results.
Whatever the reason, no one wants to hear transition phase come from the mouths of anyone with authority at their workplace. It never means sales are growing; it never means profit is improving; it never means you’re about to get a promotion.
In other words, it’s never good news. Dust off your resume.
Replacement phrases: No replacement needed – instead, have a plan.
See also: Rightsizing
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