ManagementSpeak, 10/20/2014

By Bob Lewis | October 20, 2014
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ManagementSpeak: Innovation is about doing more with less.

Translation: We have no interest in innovating around here, only in squeezing the bottom line.

This week’s anonymous contributor kept the source of the quote anonymous as well, describing the speaker only as “leader of a corporation you’d recognize.”

The best uses for spare cash?

By Bob Lewis | October 20, 2014
Topics: Business Ethics, Industry Commentary, Leadership, Metrics, NewPost, Strategy and Tactics | 3 Comments »

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Boards of directors are more interested in “financial engineering” than product engineering. This just might partially be your fault. Here’s why.

ManagementSpeak, 10/13/2014

By Bob Lewis | October 13, 2014
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ManagementSpeak: This job is a stepping stone for huge opportunities!

Translation: Don’t expect much in the way of pay—you’ll have to get that from your next job.

I hope this week’s contributor wasn’t expecting to get paid for providing this one. It isn’t even a stepping stone for huge opportunities. The satisfaction will have to be enough.

Compensation flap

By Bob Lewis | October 13, 2014
Topics: Business Ethics, Career Management, Industry Commentary, Leadership, Office Politics | 5 Comments »

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Was Satya Nadella disrespectful or insensitive to women in his recent remarks about raises and promotions? It doesn’t matter. What matters is that he was wrong.

KJRSpeak, 10/06/2014

By Bob Lewis | October 6, 2014
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KJRSpeak: You can contract for services, but you can’t contract for heart.

Thanks for this, to my old friend Hank Childers.

How to get an organization to do what you want it to do

By Bob Lewis | October 6, 2014
Topics: Business Ethics, Leadership, Metrics, Organizational Effectiveness, Policies and Procedures | 10 Comments »

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It’s harder than you might think, and the most important tool for the job might not be what you think either.

KJRSpeak, 9/29/2014

By Bob Lewis | September 29, 2014
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KJRSpeak: Not that many years ago I felt like a million bucks. Now, in exchange for just a few bucks, I feel like I’m a million years old.

Thanks to this week’s contributor to the KJR neoquote collection.

Advice Line lives!

By Bob Lewis | September 29, 2014
Topics: Business Ethics, Career Management | 8 Comments »

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When liking your job, your manager and your company is the problem, what’s the solution?

ManagementSpeak 9/22/2014

By Bob Lewis | September 22, 2014
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ManagementSpeak: We will consider the totality of the circumstances in making our decision.

Translation: We’ve already made the decision. We’ll cherry-pick the evidence and logic that fits it.

And thanks to Tom Reid, who cherry-picked this excellent phrase to share with the KJR community.

Unfortunate sports parallels

By Bob Lewis | September 22, 2014
Topics: Business Ethics, Leadership | 10 Comments »

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Leadership lessons from Adrian Peterson? Not exactly.

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