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ManagementSpeak: Value Added. Translation: Expensive. Thanks to the anonymous reader who provided this.
The collapse of world communism means we no longer get to hear political candidates refer to one another as “commie pinkos”, “communist dupes”, or the ever-popular “Marxist”. Now, we get to hear about the character issue, the term “liberal” is bandied about as an epithet, anyone we don’t like becomes a Nazi, and everyone involved […]
ManagementSpeak: That’s a good question Translation: I don’t have a good answer. Thanks to reader Jim Boston.
I’m always looking for diversions to occupy what I laughingly call my “spare time”. That’s why I found myself reading about a local tour bus called the “RiverCity Trolley” (no, it isn’t a piece of software – our typographic cliches have infested the rest of society.) Customers give the trolley high marks for fun, interest […]
“On the loftiest throne in the world we are still sitting on our own behind.” – Michel de Montaigne, Of Experience, cited in A History of Knowledge, Charles Van Doren.
Back when I studied electric fish I learned a valuable lesson from my research advisor: not all criticism in my professional life would be phrased with concern for my ego’s ongoing desire to inflate. The following episode, which also provided a second invaluable insight, led me to this conclusion. My research involved a quantitative analysis […]
ManagementSpeak: There are larger issues at stake. Translation: I’ve made up my mind, so don’t bother me with the facts.
Quite a few years ago, I briefly joined a subcommittee of a national telecommunications managers association. The subcommittee’s issue: Telecommunications as a Strategic Resource. (“Telecommunications, in this context, means voice communications technology.) The first twenty minutes of the meeting consisted of a bunch of telecom managers explaining how important telecommunications is to the organization, and […]
“I look up in the stands and I see them miss balls too.” – Devon White, Florida Marlins’ centerfielder, after being booed for dropping a fly ball.
If it didn’t happen this way, it should have: On the great golfer Ben Hogan’s 70th birthday, I’m told, an interviewer asked if he had plans to retire. “Retire?” Hogan is supposed to have responded. “People retire to fish and play golf. I fish and play golf now!” Management consultants have an unfortunate penchant for […]« Previous Entries