Stop me if you've heard this one before:
"The US economy has contracted at a rate not seen in 80 years, forcing companies across America to adjust to the reality of this major economic setback. Our company and our brands have weathered this storm. However, we are not immune to the effects of the substantial revenue losses resulting from the deep and prolonged recession. Consequently, we must realign (the company) to be a successful business in an emerging economy that is now predicted to be painfully slow in recovering."
Or this one:
"This is a considerable and complicated task, forcing us to rethink the way we do business in many instances and incorporate efficiencies in every step of our process … We will work with consultants, including McKinsey & Company, to develop new perspectives on optimizing our approach to business, growing revenues, and enhancing our brand assets."
Or this one:
"There is no doubt in my mind that the strength of our brands and people will provide us with the opportunity to participate in America’s economic recovery. Ensuring our financial health is paramount to our ability to be part of that process."
According to the folks at businessinsider.com, all of the quotes above came from a memo sent to employees by Condé Nast CEO Chuck Townsend last week.