WORDS ABOUT WORDS
Direct speech is anathema to leaders with a hidden agenda, and for those with an uncertain grasp of their aims or authority. The modern manager seems to be guided by an aphorism of Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand, the ninteenth-century diplomat, who said that "Speech is the faculty given to man to conceal his thoughts."
David Olive, Canadian journalist, A Devil's Dictionary of Business Jargon, 2001
Posted on October 6, 1998 at 4:55 PM