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Great Quotations, 1/26/2015

Monday, January 26th, 2015
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“Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.” — Mark Twain

ManagementSpeak, 1/19/2015

Monday, January 19th, 2015
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ManagementSpeak: Our consolidation means that our internal apps will now be supported by the same team that developed them. Translation: The number you have reached is not in service at this time … Correspondent L.T. loves watching companies try to use the “reduce-headcount-to-achieve-prosperity” process … but only from a safe distance.

ManagementSpeak, 1/12/2015

Monday, January 12th, 2015
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ManagementSpeak: Mr. Lewis, I would prefer anonymity. Translation: I’m somewhat concerned with reprisal from tiny-brained despots who, if there is a benevolent God, will burn for eternity in the sulphurous bowels of hell. Today’s contributor asked to remain anonymous for reasons I hope are obvious.

ManagementSpeak, 1/5/2015

Monday, January 5th, 2015
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ManagementSpeak: I would really value your input on this report. Translation: I haven’t got a clue about this. Thanks to Glenn Williams, our clue-full source, who gets credit by name because, “he’s retired and free from threats of retribution.”

Great Quotation, 12/22/2014

Monday, December 22nd, 2014
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“A good leader inspires other men and women with confidence. A great leader inspires them with confidence in themselves.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Great Quotation, 12/15/2014

Monday, December 15th, 2014
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“Law of Probability Dispersal: whatever it is that hits the fan won’t be evenly distributed.” – Roger Angell

ManagementSpeak, 12/8/2014

Monday, December 8th, 2014
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ManagementSpeak: We are reallocating funds on this project. Translation: You’d better be working on your resume. Had this week’s contributor not remained anonymous he might have needed a good resume.

ManagementSpeak, 12/1/2014

Monday, December 1st, 2014
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“To a large degree his future is behind him.” – Snippet from a CIA performance review, reported by washingtonpost.com’s Colby Itkowitz

ManagementSpeak, 11/24/2014

Monday, November 24th, 2014
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ManagementSpeak: This is a priority to us too, so as soon as the path is clear we are confident we’ll be able to execute and deliver. Translation: I’m going on vacation, so good luck with that. This week’s contributor considered translating this ManagementSpeak to be one of his top priorities.

ManagementSpeak, 11/17/2014

Monday, November 17th, 2014
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ManagementSpeak: I need to broaden my skillset and take on new responsibilities. Translation: I’m padding my resume. Greg Duvall adds ManagementSpeaking to his skillsets.

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my photoBob Lewis is a senior management consultant with Dell Services. He has published these columns once a week in one form or another since 1996.

Disclaimer: All opinions, statements, representations, allegations, images (if published) and anything else that appears here is the sole responsibility of the author. Dell has and had nothing to do with it, other than saying it's okay to continue publishing KJR.

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