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 is superior to the alternatives. Superior, that is, when and only when you have reliable evidence to use.
“The problem with the future is that when it shows up, I’m always older.” — Unknown
When you and a computer disagree, how do you resolve the dispute? It’s a tough question with no simple answer.
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.
Whether it’s in the IT trade press or vendor promotions, some bad ideas are just too popular to go away.
“Three may keep a secret if two are dead.” — Ben Franklin
When it comes to information security, achieving even the minimum standards of basic professionalism requires as much grunt effort as brilliant insight.
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!
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