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ManagementSpeak: In terms of your last question, I’ll have to get you some clarification on that. Translation: Not a chance. Thanks to Myron Ware for clarifying “clarification.”
“Leaders are like eagles. We don’t have either of them here.” – Despair.com
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.”
“Where once were vertebrae is now a tangle From constant kissing at an awkward angle.” – James Cagney, describing sycophantic director Merle LeRoy.
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.
“Life is tough. Three out of three people die, so shut up and deal!” – Ring Lardner
ManagementSpeak: Uptalent. Translation: We’re going to layoff employees who are doing well on the hope we can hire replacements who will do even better. This week’s contributor asked to remain anonymous so as to avoid being uptalented.
ManagementSpeak: Quick question. Translation: I don’t have the patience to try to understand a correct answer. Contributor Eric Johansen was quick-witted enough to question the meaning of “quick question.”
ManagementSpeak: I have too much on my plate to take a sick day. Translation: I have to listen to an employee complain about her coworkers and I have a couple of meetings. Not to complain, but my ManagementSpeak inventory is running just a bit low. Care to help top it off?
You can fool some of the people some of the time, and usually that’s sufficient. – Original source unknown, shared with us by long-time correspondent Henry Hojnacki.« Previous Entries