Submitted by kbrucker on
On receiving the latest newsletter "Consistency And O3s" my immediate thought, what the heck is an O3? It wasn't until more than halfway through the article that "One On One" was spelled out and I was able to sort out what was being discussed. Made for a very inefficient way to get information from the newsletter as I had to first decipher O3 before I could make sense of the content.
Had the Title been "Consistency and One on Ones", the usage of O3 later in the content would have been much clearer. Or leave title as it was, but spell it out the first time. Define up front, then shorthand, not the other way around.
Final note on the O3 acronym itself, it's very non-intuitive, particularly if you refer to the meeting as a "One to One". "One on One" lends more of a competitive edge to the phrase. My colleagues and I usually use the shorthand 1:1 which is much more intuitive.
I'm seldom on the forums but couldn't let this one pass without a little unsolicited feedback.
Glossary of Terms
I wouldn't mind a glossary of terms for those people new to Manager Tools or these forums. Back when I joined this community, I felt like the guy who missed the first ten minutes of the movie. Despite five years at various levels of a gigantic publishing company, I had never heard the terms "direct," "direct-report," "skip," "RFP," "pert chart," or "open req." I gather these terms are common across many industries, though.
Manager-Tools also has its own patois: "O3s," "BLUF," "High-D," "DiSC," "Ctrl-Shift-K," etc. Manger-Tools didn't create these terms, but the podcasts and this site use them extensively. There are occasional allusions to West Point terms such as the time Mike had to "walk the yard." ("West Point" itself might be jargon for non-US listeners.)
Mark and Mike (particularly Mike) are usually good about providing either context or outright definitions of their jargon on-air. Here on the forums we presume, perhaps wrongly, a higher degree of familiarity.
Ask and ye shall receive
under Tools, in the downloadable forms, at the bottom of the list, is a MT glossary. A recent addition mentioned on the blog.