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Great Quotations, 4/25/2016

Monday, April 25th, 2016

“Ours is the age that is proud of machines that think and suspicious of men who try to.” – H. Mumford Jones

ManagementSpeak, 4/18/2016

Monday, April 18th, 2016

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, 4/11/2016

Monday, April 11th, 2016

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, 4/4/2015

Monday, April 4th, 2016

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, 3/28/2016

Monday, March 28th, 2016

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.

Great Quotation, 3/21/2016

Monday, March 21st, 2016

“Life is tough. Three out of three people die, so shut up and deal!” – Ring Lardner

ManagementSpeak, 3/14/2016

Monday, March 14th, 2016

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, 2/29/2016

Monday, February 29th, 2016

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, 2/22/2016

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

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.

Great Quotation, 2/15/2016

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” – William James

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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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