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“Ours is the age that is proud of machines that think and suspicious of men who try to.” – H. Mumford Jones
ManagementSpeak: We will discuss this later. Translation: Forget it, and get out of my office. Something to not forget – I need a new ManagementSpeak every week, just to keep up.
ManagementSpeak: Perception is nine-tenths of the law. Translation: I really shouldn’t be allowed to speak to people … or own sharp things. This week’s contributor owns something particularly sharp — an ear for the absurd phrase.
ManagementSpeak: Let’s take this offline. Translation: Stop it. You’re embarrassing both of us. I’ve heard this one lots of times, and have no intention of embarrassing any of the parties involved by identifying them.
ManagementSpeak: We’re aligning our staffing with our core objectives. Translation: Marketing is gaining a headcount, and IT is losing one. With this fine entry we can add J. MacKenzie as another headcount in our ManagementSpeak source roster.
“Life is tough. Three out of three people die, so shut up and deal!” – Ring Lardner
ManagementSpeak: No, there hasn’t been a change in policy. Translation: Disregard the written policy, and our previous statements. This is your new reality. Thanks to Norman Meyer for this indicator of our current reality.
ManagementSpeak: The vendor is not supporting us in a timely manner. Translation: Taking the blame is what we’re paying our vendor for. No vendor. For that matter, no pay. But credit? Absolutely, and long-time correspondent Peter Bushman deserves it for this excellent entry.
ManagementSpeak: Just because you don’t know or because no one told you will no longer be an excuse. Translation: If something goes wrong, it doesn’t matter why it went wrong. You’re to blame and I’m not. We can’t blame this week’s contributor, Steve Pratt. He warned us.
“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” – William James« Previous Entries