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ManagementSpeak, 2/13/2017

Monday, February 13th, 2017
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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.”

Great Quotation, 1/23/2017

Monday, January 23rd, 2017
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“Leaders are like eagles. We don’t have either of them here.” – Despair.com

ManagementSpeak, 1/9/2017

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
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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.”

Great Quotation, 12/12/2016

Monday, December 12th, 2016
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“Where once were vertebrae is now a tangle   From constant kissing at an awkward angle.” – James Cagney, describing sycophantic director Merle LeRoy.

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.

Great Quotation, 3/21/2016

Monday, March 21st, 2016
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“Life is tough. Three out of three people die, so shut up and deal!” – Ring Lardner

ManagementSpeak, 2/8/2016

Monday, February 8th, 2016
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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, 1/4/2016

Monday, January 4th, 2016
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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, 11/9/2015

Monday, November 9th, 2015
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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?

Great Quotation, 10/19/2015

Monday, October 19th, 2015
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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.

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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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