I am attempting to refresh the thread in which I give my (clearly cynical) interpretations of terms and phrases I have heard form leaders over the decades.
This phrase is tossed around with abandon by many leaders and educators. Ostensibly, it is used to communicate the idea that the speaker is open to ideas and all options will be given full consideration.
Frequently it should be interpreted as “I am going to ask your opinion(s), and then I (or my small group of associates) will make a decision unilaterally.” There are three collaries as well:
- “It is likely the decision has already been made either by the limits placed by circumstances or by my preferences.”
- “If I am criticized for the decision, I will blame the group.”
- “I going to gain some political capital through this.”