Cliche of the Week 98 – Pursue Other Interests (POO)

July 2, 2012 at 2:11 pm Leave a comment

A rush to lifestyle, rather than corporate, decisions has seen more people abdicate roles to pursue other interests or opportunities and to spend time with the family.

They are, using a corporate corridor acronym, POO (Pursue Other Opportunities): sacked, canned, ditched or, in the Hollywood mafia sense, made an offer they can’t refuse.

They haven’t got another gig yet but have a few ideas which, hopefully, will firm into reality before the cash payout fades.

Exceptions: When Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang says he’s stepping down to pursue other interests, we know he’s got the cash to chase anything he likes.

Press releases pitch the ‘other interests’ reason so often that it’s surprising it doesn’t leak more into news reporting than the current several hundred times a month.

“Robert Higginson left Bolton-based Warburtons earlier this month to pursue other interests after 11 years with the household name family-owned company.” (Manchester Evening News, June 25)

“(Chris) Webb will tell the Waratahs players next week that after five seasons as manager he has decided to `move on’ and pursue other interests.” (The Sydney Morning Herald, June 23)

“He (Paul Ramadge) told staff the strategy at the company was ‘right’ and he was hoping to pursue other opportunities.” (Crikey, June 25)

“But by 1996 a desire to pursue other interests combined with a declining appetite for a high-pressure legal career.” (New York Times, June 24)

Cliché of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays. Clichés in the media are tracked across the world using Factiva and Dow Jones Insight.

Chris Pash’s book, The Last Whale , a true story set in the 1970s, was published by Fremantle Press in 2008.

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