(1). A way to signal to everyone in the meeting that this is the only agenda item you want to talk about and that all of the other stuff is meaningless to you.
“Okay, team, well, first and foremost, I want to address 2012 compensation. I understand many of you may have booked vacations for after the New Year…well, you might want to rethink those plans for now…”
(1). An artificial deadline for an IT or Ops project to be completed, generally ignored by staff and management alike. The “go live date” may actually occur anywhere between two weeks and three years from the original, stated timeframe.
“Hey Tom, what’s the go live date for that new client dashboard the neck beards are working on? I think when we told the higher ups December, they thought we meant of this year! Can you believe that? That’s only 11 months away! We gotta buy more time.”