Archive for April, 1996
“End-users? They’re just parasites on the system.” — A programmer/analyst colleague in 1980
An ongoing debate fostered by Stewart Alsop rages over when we’ll unplug the last mainframe. (Does this mean there are debates alsoped by Ed Foster? Inquiring minds want to know.) Back in the good old days, microcomputers processed eight bits, minicomputers sixteen, and mainframes thirty-two. Then progress happened. The laptop computer I’m using to write […]
ManagementSpeak: Human Resources. Translation: A bulk commodity, like lentils or cinder blocks. Thanks to reader Andrew Donovan-Shead.
You’re a total loss for your employer. I’m psychic. I sense your thoughts. Without ever having met you, I know this fact: you are, in fact, a total loss. Okay, I cheated. I don’t have to know anything about you, your work habits, your productivity or your employer’s SIC code. All I have to know […]
“We’re still practicing empowerment, but only on a need-to-know basis.” Fictitious manager, quoted by Reader Barb Kirby
Why do so many managers think treating adults as children is a good idea?
ManagementSpeak: Empower (verb) Translation: Freely blame your subordinates for your problems. Thanks to reader Brian Redine
I never read Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (I bought the discounted version: Four Habits of Semi-Effective People). People I respect have good things to say about Covey. While I can no more remember all seven habits than all seven dwarves, all fourteen (habits and dwarves) seemed both useful and unthreatening when […]
ManagementSpeak: I’d like your buy-in on this. Translation: I want someone else to blame when this thing bombs. Thanks to Reader Jason Gill
Bob Markman, a talented financial advisor of my acquaintance sees Japan entering a lengthy period of decline. His logic: China will become an economic superpower and the other “Tiger” nations will continue to thrive. Since the rest of Asia has long memories, Japan’s actions before and during World War II will lead to the rest […]