A hands-on sense of ...

Posted by Word Camel on September 03, 2004

In Reply to: A hands-on sense of ... posted by David FG on September 03, 2004

: : Hi there,
: : Could anyone tell me what the "sense" means in the context below? and the whole sentence?

: : We are now at that stage where we need to move from hands-on "sense" of how we can try to move the process forward.

: I have read it several times, and it doesn't make any more sense than it did at first! It looks like a typical piece of 'management' gobbledegook which is designed to look impressive but is completely meaningless.

: The sooner such abominations as this are ridiculed into extinction, the better the world will be.

: Sorry this is not much help.

The sentence seems to be missing some words. It's probably "a hands-on sense". Even then it really isn't a very well crafted sentence because the meaning is still obscure.

"In a hands-on sense" probably means direct involvement. I'm guessing that the writer could mean that the project he's referring to has reached a stage where it's no longer necessary or desirable for management to rely on their own involvement to determine the best course of action in the future. Perhaps he means it should be replaced by some other way of assessing what's going on, statistical analysis, for instance.