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ManagementSpeak: That’s a great call-out. Translation: Gee, thanks for pointing out another of my deficiencies. Thanks to this week’s contributor for pointing out that for his manager, “another of my deficiencies” is reliance on phrases like “that’s a great call-out.”
ManagementSpeak: As my fortune cookie said, “Those who take the risks get the rewards.” Translation: Mr. Fortune Cookie doesn’t work here anymore. Regular correspondent and contributor L.T. once again provides an observation of the business office.
“Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be.” – Novelist Peter DeVries, although my dad always gave Sam Goldwyn the credit
“Where once were vertebrae is now a tangle From constant kissing at an awkward angle.” – James Cagney, describing sycophantic director Merle LeRoy.
“We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.” – Oscar Romero y Galdamez, suggested by my friend and long-time subscriber, Greg Fetter.
The Unspeakable Law: As soon as you mention something … if it is good it goes away … if it is bad it happens. – Cadged years ago from EduCause’s A Word A Day. They didn’t know the original source; neither do I.
ManagementSpeak: This project will raise your visibility. Translation: If you fail, you’ll suffer all of the consequences on your own. But don’t worry; if you succeed, I’ll be there to take as much of the credit as I can. Lets raise Alan Earnshaw’s visibility for providing this excellent translation.
ManagementSpeak: This is strictly confidential. Translation: It won’t be mentioned when we get you back for saying it. You might want to keep this week’s translation confidential, just like the identity of this week’s contributor.
Do they still play the blues in Chicago When baseball season rolls around When the snow melts away, do the Cubbies still play In their ivy-covered burial ground? – A Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request, Steve Goodman
“What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence. The question is what can you make people believe you have done.” – Sherlock Holmes (via Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), A Study in Scarlet« Previous Entries