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Recently I was received mail and found there the blue sky thinking phrase as an agenda for the next company team meeting.

Quick googling does not bring any appropriate results.

What does the blue sky thinking mean?

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closed as not a real question by Matt Эллен, kiamlaluno, Marthaª, simchona, Jasper Loy Nov 23 '11 at 16:26

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-1 because you haven't provided enough information about the context the phrase was used in. Even if it was used in its expected context, as Hackworth pointed out, the answer from Wiktionary is the top answer in Google. If the wiktionary answer isn't the right one, give us more information about how the phrase was used in your email. –  Andy F Nov 23 '11 at 10:31

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Blue sky thinking is business jargon for a sort of brainstorming or analysis that is uninhibited by the cruft and complexity of tedious and confusing reality. It is supposed to be optimistic, non-judgmental and intended to generate ideas that while not necessarily realistic might help define ideal goals or higher standards.

It's a ghastly cliche whose meaning is opaque.

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I suppose that it is. –  hazzik Nov 23 '11 at 13:56
    
+1 for It's a ghastly cliche whose meaning is opaque –  FrustratedWithFormsDesigner Nov 23 '11 at 15:27

This is the google top link for "blue sky thinking", with or without quotes.

  1. thinking that is not grounded or in touch in the realities of the present.

What's not appropriate about this result?

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@hazzik: then I find it difficult to see how we can help you. –  Matt Эллен Nov 23 '11 at 11:02
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@Hazzik, perhaps you could redact certain phrases? I can't imagine any other context in which blue sky thinking might be used where it wouldn't mean what the wiktionary link says it does. I suspect whoever used it is using it incorrectly, but without context we can't tell you what they actually mean! –  Andy F Nov 23 '11 at 11:03

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