ManagementSpeak, 8/3/2015

By Bob Lewis | August 3, 2015
Topics: ManagementSpeak, NewMS | No Comments »

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ManagementSpeak: Professional.

Translation: Good.

This week’s contributor adds to our list of words that used to mean something, but now mostly don’t.

Preventing speed bumps

By Bob Lewis | August 3, 2015
Topics: Industry Commentary, Leadership, NewPost, Office Politics, Organizational Design, Organizational Effectiveness, Project Management | 1 Comment »

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No matter what your multimodal model of IT might be, conflict is built into it. Here’s what leaders can do to keep a lid on things

ManagementSpeak, 7/27/2015

By Bob Lewis | July 27, 2015
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ManagementSpeak: We’d like to thank everyone for stepping up to get this impossible task successfully completed.

Translation: Nobody is getting anything additional for their overtime, and we don’t have anything in the budget for bonuses.

This week’s anonymous contributor got nothing for providing this week’s entry, except for the satisfaction of sharing his insight with the rest of us. Why don’t you follow suit?

Trimodal IT: 50% better than bimodal IT?

By Bob Lewis | July 27, 2015
Topics: Industry Commentary, Organizational Design, Organizational Effectiveness, Strategy and Tactics | 5 Comments »

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Left unchecked, bimodal IT will create a mess. Trimodal IT keeps things clean.

Great Quotation, 7/20/2015

By Bob Lewis | July 20, 2015
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“Once you open a can of worms, the only way to re-can them is to use a larger can.”

– Zymurgy’s First Law of Evolving System Dynamics, which has little or nothing to do with zymurgy.

The hidden pitfall of bimodal IT

By Bob Lewis | July 20, 2015
Topics: Industry Commentary, Leadership, Organizational Design, Organizational Effectiveness, Policies and Procedures, Process Management and Improvement | 7 Comments »

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Implementing bimodal IT doesn’t sound too hard. Until, that is, you have to deal with the cultural fallout.

ManagementSpeak, 7/13/2015

By Bob Lewis | July 13, 2015
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ManagementSpeak: We’ve decided to go in another direction.

Translation: We found someone a third your age who will take your job for a third of your rate, and we’ll pay you to train him before you go.

This week’s contributor is Bob Kertesz, whose age divided by three doesn’t really matter. What does is that he spotted this fine phrase and took the time to send it in.

The hiring Catch-22

By Bob Lewis | July 13, 2015
Topics: Career Management, Industry Commentary, Organizational Effectiveness, Policies and Procedures | 25 Comments »

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Most so-called Catch-22s are nothing of the kind. The hiring Catch-22 is.

Great Quotation, 7/6/2015

By Bob Lewis | July 6, 2015
Topics: ManagementSpeak | No Comments »

“This weekend in Ely, emails are going unanswered and the world doesn’t end.”

– Billboard spotted on Interstate 35, headed north

The two reasons for business failure

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

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Businesses fail for lots of reasons, all of which start with either placing the wrong bet, or a weak board.

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