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ManagementSpeak, 1/9/2017

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

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, 1/2/2017

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

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.

Great Quotation, 12/19/2016

Monday, December 19th, 2016

“Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be.” – Novelist Peter DeVries, although my dad always gave Sam Goldwyn the credit

Great Quotation, 12/12/2016

Monday, December 12th, 2016

“Where once were vertebrae is now a tangle   From constant kissing at an awkward angle.” – James Cagney, describing sycophantic director Merle LeRoy.

Great Quotation, 12/5/2016

Monday, December 5th, 2016

“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.

Great Quotation, 11/28/2016

Monday, November 28th, 2016

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, 11/21/2016

Monday, November 21st, 2016

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, 11/14/2016

Monday, November 14th, 2016

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.

Great Quotation, 11/7/2016

Monday, November 7th, 2016

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

Great Quotation, 10/24/2016

Monday, October 24th, 2016

“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

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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.

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