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seagull approach

business slang A management style or approach in which the manager only becomes involved in a matter when a problem is perceived to have arisen, especially when he or she has little other knowledge about said matter and only causes more problems as a result of his or her involvement. I'm sick of this new boss's seagull approach. If he would just let us get on with our work instead of swooping in every time there's a hiccup, we'd nearly be finished by now!
See also: approach, seagull

rifle approach

In business, a marketing strategy in which a very narrow, focused, or selective group, demographic, or population is targeted or advertised to. Our competitors have been drawing away a large proportion of the market share of teenaged customers, so our next marketing campaign is going to have a rifle approach to get them back.
See also: approach, rifle

shotgun approach

In business, a marketing strategy in which a wide and nonselective population or demographic is reached or advertised to. We don't yet have much brand recognition in the market, so we're going with a shotgun approach to reach as many potential customers as we can.
See also: approach, shotgun

carrot and stick

A motivational tactic that uses a reward and punishment system to encourage improved performance or behavior. Companies are slowly learning that the carrot and stick approach to management is ineffective—employees are much more motivated to do a better job when they are recognized for their hard work.
See also: and, carrot, stick

softly, softly approach

A calm and thoughtful method for dealing with a problem. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. When dealing with unmotivated teens, the softly, softly approach doesn't always work—sometimes you have to do something to get their attention. Many parents use the softly, softly approach when trying to calm their toddlers' tantrums.
See also: approach, softly

approach (one) about

To ask someone something, often in a cautious way. When is the best time to approach the boss about taking a leave of absence? I can't propose yet, I still have to approach Julie's dad about it. Have the producers approached you about taking the role yet?
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approach someone about someone or something

to ask someone about someone or something, usually with tact and caution. Wally has been acting strangely. I will approach Judy about him. She approached Tom about the broken window.
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a softly, softly approach

  (British & Australian)
a gradual way of solving a problem that shows patience and does not involve immediate action or force The recent unrest in the capital suggests that the government's softly, softly approach to reform is not working.
See also: approach, softly

carrot and stick

Reward and punishment used as persuasive measures, as in Management dangled the carrot of a possible raise before strikers, but at the same time waved the stick of losing their pension benefits . This term alludes to enticing a horse or donkey to move by dangling a carrot before it and, either alternately or at the same time, urging it forward by beating it with a stick. [Late 1800s]
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However, on the item regarding liking the flexibility in studying provided by the self directed approach, 67 percent agreed or strongly agreed, 14 percent disagreed, and 14 percent were undecided.
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Since this approach utilizes the sales of reasonably similar properties, it is most effective when relevant and reliable comparable sales market data is available.
Super's (1990) life-span, life-space approach was presented as a life-career rainbow of life roles in a schematic life space.
In contrast, the approach the NRC actually used was a nonstandard approach for developing an RfD based on the inhibition of iodine uptake, a distant precursor to the critical effect.
The anterior approach is particularly good for active patients,'' explained the soft-spoken Matta, 58.
Thus, the out-of-band approach is theoretically more suitable for higher performance applications.
While it seems to have had a profound effect on the seven participants, I would like to see more evidence that this approach truly impacts upon the academic performance of the participants.
But I became perplexed when I tried to understand the content of the Comer approach.
3 miles from the ship, a distance closer than is required by Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) instrument approach procedures.