Standardization: A Form of Thought Control

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Vanilla Words-Vanilla Thinking

Expressing our thoughts is challenging especially when we don’t know the words to do so. Therefore, restricting our vocabulary will tend to restrict our thoughts. As a result, we will experience more difficulty influencing others and solving problems. It’s important for us to expand our vocabularies, to allow stylistic differences and to exercise our minds…

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Vanilla Words and Uncreative Personalities, Cultures

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Vanilla Words-Vanilla Thinking

Just as music can set the tone, so can words. Just as music can help you assess personalities, words too. In business, standardization and processes play critical roles and bring their own jargon to facilitate communication in very much the same way as play calling facilitates football and military jargon facilitates warfare. When we combine…

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Vanilla Words, Vanilla People, Succumbing CEO’s

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Vanilla Words-Vanilla Thinking

Just as our selection of cars, décor and clothing say something about our personalities so do our selection of words. Vanilla people tend to select vanilla words. Noah Buhayar article “CEO’s Give Investors the ‘Laser’ Treatment” (Bloomberg Businessweek, August 26, 2013 edition) caught some CEOs succumbing to “vanillaism” by copying and overusing “laser.” Megan Elliott…

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Vanilla Phrasing, Vanilla Thinking, Vanilla Ideas

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Vanilla Words-Vanilla Thinking

People often use common words in common ways. The goal is frequently understandable and quick communications. Technical terms, representing complex actions in processes, are an example. People also assemble words to create common phrases. Reusing or revising form letters are large-scale examples of word assembling. Memorizing definitions and regurgitating reading materials are others. Analogously, it’s…

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