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Great Quotation, 12/5/2016

Monday, December 5th, 2016
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“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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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“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

Great Quotation, 10/3/2016

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
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“There are two words you never heard spoken on our sets: ‘Take two.’ “ – Herschell Gordon Lewis, aka The Godfather of Gore, aka the Great Guru of Direct Marketing, aka Dear old Dad (DoD)

ManagementSpeak, 9/26/2016

Monday, September 26th, 2016
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ManagementSpeak: Feature-rich. Translation: Bug-riddled. Thanks to “Bruce N.” for this bug-free, single-feature ManagementSpeak.

ManagementSpeak, 9/19/2016

Monday, September 19th, 2016
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ManagementSpeak: Is there a way to improve the financials on this project? Translation: Fraud or repealing the laws of economics are not necessarily off the table. Thanks to Tom Reid, accurately translating “improve” is on the table.

ManagementSpeak, 9/12/2016

Monday, September 12th, 2016
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ManagementSpeak: We have to do more there. Translation: We haven’t done anything there. As this week’s contributor points out, something is, in fact, more than nothing.

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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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