“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”
Wanting to get rid of a stacked ranking system is like wanting to make any other high-level and very sensitive change. It requires political capital, and dexterity in its use.
Dr. Fredrick Frankenstein: “Would you mind telling me whose brain I did put in?”
Igor: “Abby someone.”
Dr. Frankenstein: “Abby who?”
Igor: “Abby Normal.”
- From Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein
That’s stack ranking, a system that smacks of unfairness, rankling both managers and employees.
ManagementSpeak: This is the future of our industry.
Translation: This doesn’t make any sense at all right now.
This translation, on the other hand, makes all the sense in the world.
The numbers behind Amazon’s new Amazon Workspaces (we might as well start calling it “PC as a Service,” or PCaaS) don’t add up. Or, rather, they do add up … to too big a number.
ManagementSpeak: Of all the problems with this, three that stand out are …
Translation: Of all the problems with this, three that occur to me at the moment are …
The only problem with this week’s contribution is that the contributor insists on anonymity.
“Chunking” super-size efforts down into multi-project initiatives and mult-initiative programs gives you a fighting chance of completing things, but only if you avoid the pitfalls.
By Bob Lewis | November 5, 2013
Topics: ManagementSpeak | Comments Off
ManagementSpeak: Just sign the engagement letter and we’ll get started.
Translation: We need you to sign that blank check because we have a lot of junior people we need to train on your nickel.
Subscriber Tom Reid needed no special training to spot this phrase and its translation.
The only scandal about the Healthcare.gov project is the banality of its mistakes.