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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 they have little other knowledge about said matter and only cause more problems as a result of their 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!
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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.
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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.
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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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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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carrot and stick

COMMON If someone uses a carrot and stick method to make you do something, they try to make you do it, partly by offering you rewards and partly by threatening you. But Congress also wants to use a carrot and stick approach to force both sides to negotiate an end to the war. With the announcement that the hostages are to be released, it appears that Washington's new carrot-and-stick policy may already have brought results. Note: Carrot and stick are used in many other structures with a similar meaning. Protests continued, however, so the authorities substituted the carrot for the stick. When the Security Council waves a stick at an offending country, the secretary-general can also offer a carrot as encouragement. Note: The idea behind this expression is that an animal such as a donkey can be encouraged to move forward either by dangling a carrot in front of it or by hitting it with a stick. The carrot represents the tempting offer and the stick represents the threat.
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carrot and stick

the promise of reward combined with the threat of force or punishment.
The image in this expression is of offering a carrot to a donkey to encourage it to move and using a stick to beat it if it refuses to budge.
1998 New Scientist And if your powers of persuasion prove insufficient, here's a carrot and stick policy.
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a/the softly-ˈsoftly approach

(British English, informal) a/the gentle, patient and careful way of doing something, especially when dealing with people: The police are now trying a more softly-softly approach with football hooligans. OPPOSITE: like a bull in a china shop
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A next step in applying ENM approaches to understanding disease systems is characterizing geographic distributions.
I think this and some other rationally designed therapeutic vaccine trials will offer alternative or additional therapeutic approaches.
There are a number of approaches to storage virtualization, each with their own attributes.
Under the two IRB approaches, each bank would evaluate its assets in terms of the most important elements of credit risk--the probability that a borrower will default during a given period, the likely size of the loss should default occur, the amount of exposure at the time of default, and the remaining maturity of the exposure.
Combining mechanical and chemical approaches gave a marriage that resolved all the sheet imperfections.
Cost approach is another of the three recognized approaches used in appraisal analysis, and is based on the proposition that the informed purchaser would pay no more for a property than the cost of producing a substitute property with the same utility as the subject property.
An alternative to the apocalyptic and apologetic approaches is a realistic, direct defense that recalls the reasons we fought for legal abortion in the first place.
Working closely with faculty, two differing approaches were developed for first- versus second-year students: hints targeted for first-year students emphasized locating more general information typically found in textbooks, while hints targeted for second-year students emphasized more specialized resources such as the journal literature.
The periodic in-service and crisis-response approaches have been used to deal with behavior problems in reaction to an injury or poor survey results for behavioral indicators.
His thinking has set off a whole cascade of ideas and thoughts about the power of combining various approaches to the problem of improving human health.
People often have a preference for a particular style, but they sometimes use other approaches depending on the situation.
Tax Executives Institute appreciates this opportunity to present our views on Notice 98-38 and the possible approaches to the replacement of the SRLY rules.
This and other emphases are apparent in several of the major approaches to religious education now being used in parishes.
Merged social service funding approaches at the national level would, of course, require major statutory change, and for that reason AAHSA sees that as a "long-range vision," says Peres.
In her first chapter, "State Formation and Social Policy in the United States," she argues that conventional or popular approaches to examining welfare state development - the logic of industrialism approach, the national values approach, the welfare capitalism approach, and the political class struggle approach - all fall short of explaining the evolution of the American welfare state.