Words of the Week – drive-by

Drive by

This guy is actually annoyed at the size of his cubicle, not someone doing a drive-by, but I couldn’t resist the awesome pic. (image: redteam)

To do a drive-by means to go see someone in person without an appointment. For some people this is a preferred method of communication; for others it’s a last resort measure. Disturbingly, this term probably came from gang related drive-by shootings. Instead of ambushing rivals, MBAs are going after their bosses or fellow team members.

For example, an entry level MBA might say to a colleague, “I’ve emailed 3 times, called twice and haven’t gotten a response. I’m going to do a drive-by right now to see if I can catch her in her office. No matter what, I’m determined to get that answer before I present to the board tomorrow.”

Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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