John Deere was a big fan of buzz words. They loved justifying or dismissing projects based on the defined ``Core Competencies`` of the factory. There were always exceptions. John Deere loved exceptions almost as much as buzz words. At the factory I worked at, these Core Competencies were always welding and assembly. I may be forgetting some but those two stick in my mind as being repeated quite a bit.
I often find myself trying to apply the corporate mindset to where I currently work. I`d have to say that our Core Competency here is shrugging. Vacant stares are up there too. Yah, I`d have to go with vacant stares and shrugging as our Core Competencies.