what does 'patrimony' mean...?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Maz, 10 Mar 2008.

  1. Maz

    Maz Guru

    just got some HR spiel that i cant make head or tail of, esp the word 'patrimony:

    Knowledge and patrimony management:
    Definition: Those who excel in this area transfer technical knowledge and coach to achieve operational objectives and organise technical inheritance. This know-how includes the mindset to learn from experience (feedback) to nourish improvement loops.

    can anyone translate this into English?
  2. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    They missed a space - it's an Irish bloke called Pat Rimony:sad:
  3. That's appalling.
    They're referring to the skill of being able to teach others willingly and skilfully about the technical aspects of whatever-it-is-they're-doing, so that everyone can work more efficiently. The person who has this skill also has to create some kind of log or manual that others can refer to incorporating what others think about it too, willingly and lovingly etc

    Patrimony = no idea but I would guess it's a reference to 'husbandry', or 'looking after something'
  4. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Just a posh way of saying when you are good at something, teach your fellow colleagues... and also learn from the fact that some are probably too dumb to learn what you've just taught them - "learn from experience (feedback) to nourish improvement loops" - yep dosey buggers will never pick it up !
  5. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    Sorry, no. That's just garbage-speak.

    I'd have thought patrimony was related to fatherhood. Perhaps they mean it in relation to passing on knowledge, like father to son. But it's still garbage-speak.
  6. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Also found in: Legal, Wikipedia 0.04 sec.
    pat·ri·mo·ny (ptr-mn)
    n. pl. pat·ri·mo·nies
    a. An inheritance from a father or other ancestor.
    b. An inheritance or legacy; heritage.
    2. An endowment or estate belonging to an institution, especially a church.

  7. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Aren't they some kind of breakfast cereal?
    That truly is an outstanding piece of blather! :biggrin:
  8. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    It's like father to son - inherited knowledge or property - just ask HR to describe it - bet they can't - full of usefull twaddle.

    Being an accountant, I'm used to having HR come to us to sort things out... but we use english that folk can understand !
  9. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    I think the word come from the French, La Patrimoine. Being the language of diplomacy, French is sometimes more subtle than English. I have always understood La Patrimoine to mean the wealth of the land inherited from older generations.
  10. Canrider

    Canrider Guru

    I'm circulating that HR bumf around my office as we speak. Horrors!

    And yes, inheritance. 'La Patrie': the homeland (semi-literally 'The Fatherland').

    Donc nous pouvons parler de la patrimoine Quebecoise..
  11. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    A few years ago they called it "knowledge cascades." Basically it's bollocks.
  12. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Thank you for cascading that to us! :biggrin::biggrin:
  13. TimO

    TimO Veteran

    It's rather depressing that something which appears to be discussing passing on useful knowledge is phrased in such gobbledegook. Tell them about the Plain English Campaign.
  14. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    That's so bad it's funny. Probably not the desired result but cheers anyway.
  15. Oh dear. Why on earth can't these people write properly?
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice