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Kris Dunn shares Capitalist Definitions: “Lick The Cookie” at Your Company…

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licking [ˈlɪkɪŋ] the [thē] cookie [kk]

1. To stake your claim, real or otherwise, on a unit of property, thought or idea within an organization in a manner where no one else can use the object or thought in question.

Explanation from a Fortune article on Steve Balmer and Microsoft:

“Inside Microsoft it’s known as “licking the cookie.” That’s when a group within the company, typically Windows, declares its intentions to work on a feature or a product, thereby preventing others within the company from taking it on. Often it makes sense for Windows to own a project, says a former Microsoft manager who still does consulting work for the company, but it also slows down development at a time when tech companies can scarcely afford to be piggy….”

Read the whole post over at Kris Dunn’s The HR Capitalist (an FOT contributor blog).