ManagementSpeak: Employees do not burn out due to workload – that excites them. They burn out due to situations at home.
Translation: Employees do not burn out because of me. I’m too nice a person to be responsible for that.
Burning out? Reduce your stress by submitting a new ManagementSpeak. It won’t reduce your workload, but it can be a lovely and subtle form of revenge for it.
Releasing software changes your customers see is qualitatively different from releasing them to employees.
ManagementSpeak: While our new operations plan looks like it costs more, in the long run, it will actually be less costly.
Translation: We’re really good at spreadsheets, and were able to solve for the number we wanted.
There’s no spreadsheet in the world that can translate this accurately. Thanks to the anonymous subscriber who passed this little gem along.
What makes it hard? Start with test automation and finish with how to release changes to the business. Aside from that …
ManagementSpeak: I have too much on my plate to take a sick day.
Translation: I have to listen to an employee complain about her coworkers and I have a couple of meetings.
Not to complain, but my ManagementSpeak inventory is running just a bit low. Care to help top it off?
A cognitive enterprises is one that can recognize changes in its environment and adapt its behavior as needed. That’s as opposed to an industrial enterprise, which relies on fixed processes that require heroic efforts to change.
“If the earth were a basketball, in 40 years no human’s been more than a half inch from the surface.”
– Randall Munroe, XKCD
Who makes the economy tick? We do.
By Bob Lewis | October 26, 2015
Topics: ManagementSpeak | Comments Off on ManagementSpeak, 10/26/2015
ManagementSpeak: I protect my staff from harm.
Translation: I remove all opportunities for growth and visibility.
Here in KJR-land we don’t remove the opportunities for visibility. All you have to do is send in a ManagementSpeak and give us permission to give you credit for it.
Some business leaders drive fear into their organizations. Others are driven by it. Neither one is a particularly good choice.