Definition of Empire Building

When a person is more focused with advancing their own career and building their own personal brand within the company, rather than with developing their team or furthering the company's goals. This type of person is often self-serving and may be more interested in impressing upper management than in actually achieving results.

Example: Even though the VP had direct reports with capacity for new work, the VP was focused on empire building, and wanted additional resources before committing to working on the new project.

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"Empire Building" is used in the workplace during meetings or emails.

The definition for "Empire Building" was last updated in 2023.

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Question: What does "Calendar Invite" mean?

   (A) When a person wants to meet with you next week.
   (B) An email sent to schedule a meeting with the option to either accept or decline the meeting at the scheduled time.
   (C) When a person has available time on their calendar to meet with you.
   (D) When a person does not have any time to meet with you.

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On this site, we also have templates on how to communicate effectively at work, such as requesting PTO, declining a promotion, and taking a sick day.

Word of the Day

Date: 05/19/2024

Word: Close It Out

Definition: To mark something as completed.

Example: This task has been fixed, so let's close it out within the task tracker.

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"Empire Building." Dictionary, Accessed 05/19/2024.