Archive for March, 1996
ManagementSpeak: You need to see the big picture. Translation: My boss thinks it’s a good idea. Thanks to the anonymous reader who sent this in.
Bob Metcalfe has been predicting the imminent collapse of the Internet in these pages. Since your employer looks to you for technical expertise and advice, and since Dr. Metcalfe is a Recognized Industry Pundit (RIP), you’re probably worried about having recommended building that big Web site. I’ve decided to offer a different perspective on the […]
ManagementSpeak: The upcoming reductions will benefit the vast majority of employees. Translation: The upcoming reductions will benefit me. Thanks to Reader Greg Bonney
A few years back I ran across a book titled When Bad Things Happen to Good People. I didn’t buy it, because what I can’t stand is when good things happen to bad people. That drives me crazy. And I’m not alone. More than any over other issue, employees become enraged when they see some […]
ManagementSpeak: “I don’t disagree.” Translation: “I disagree.” Thanks to Reader George Behr for the quotation and translation.
American management has a tendency to latch onto fads, most of which are labeled “fundamental shifts in how businesses operate.” These fundamental shifts rarely last long, but while they do they can make life miserable for employees trying to advance their careers by doing their jobs well. A case in point: the “De-jobbing of America” […]
“Gentlemen! We have to protect our phony-baloney jobs!” – Mel Brooks, Blazing Saddles
Want to keep your job? Give back 70% more in value than you get in salary, and you’ll at least have a chance.