ManagementSpeak, 3/2/2015

By Bob Lewis | March 2, 2015
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ManagementSpeak: Solve.

Translation: Determine the number of actual working employees you must fire in order to balance your budget and unbalance the organization.

Thanks go to this week’s contributor, who solved our need for a great ManagementSpeak while pointing out that “solve” doesn’t always mean “do math.”

Evidence-based decision-making’s limitations

By Bob Lewis | March 2, 2015
Topics: Industry Commentary, Leadership, NewPost, Strategy and Tactics | 6 Comments »

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Evidence-based decision-making is superior to the alternatives. Superior, that is, when and only when you have reliable evidence to use.

Great Quotation, 2/23/2015

By Bob Lewis | February 24, 2015
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“The problem with the future is that when it shows up, I’m always older.” — Unknown

Future tense. Very tense.

By Bob Lewis | February 24, 2015
Topics: Business Ethics, Industry Commentary, Leadership, Technology | 7 Comments »

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When you and a computer disagree, how do you resolve the dispute? It’s a tough question with no simple answer.

ManagementSpeak, 2/16/2015

By Bob Lewis | February 16, 2015
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ManagementSpeak: We will have upper management visitors in our offices on Friday. Those are typically days we like to make the greatest production possible. I suggest looking for customer-facing time, in the field, closing those last orders of the week. We all want to maximize our sales efforts and be as productive as we can.

Translation: You’re too lazy to work hard, and I’m too lazy to make you work hard. But if my boss figures this out, we’re all going to have to work hard.

This week’s contributor was energetic enough to send this in, and wise enough to request anonymity.

Bad ideas that refuse to die!

By Bob Lewis | February 16, 2015
Topics: Industry Commentary, Organizational Effectiveness, Outsourcing, Strategy and Tactics | 4 Comments »

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Whether it’s in the IT trade press or vendor promotions, some bad ideas are just too popular to go away.

Great Quotation, 2/9/2015

By Bob Lewis | February 10, 2015
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“Three may keep a secret if two are dead.” — Ben Franklin

More insecurity

By Bob Lewis | February 10, 2015
Topics: Business Ethics, Industry Commentary, Policies and Procedures, Technology | 8 Comments »

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When it comes to information security, achieving even the minimum standards of basic professionalism requires as much grunt effort as brilliant insight.

ManagementSpeak, 2/2/2015

By Bob Lewis | February 2, 2015
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ManagementSpeak: You’re a valuable member of the team.

Translation: We hope you don’t take your accounts with you when we let you go.

And we at KJR hope everyone continues to listen for ManagementSpeaks. Thanks!

From the mailbag, about PIPs

By Bob Lewis | February 2, 2015
Topics: Business Ethics, Career Management, Industry Commentary, Leadership, NewPost, Office Politics, Policies and Procedures | 2 Comments »

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KJR’s readers weigh in on the subject of Performance Improvement Plans. Read ‘em – it could happen to you without warning.

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