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ManagementSpeak, 7/29/1996

Monday, July 29th, 1996
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ManagementSpeak: Value Added. Translation: Expensive. Thanks to the anonymous reader who provided this.

Who defines value (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, July 29th, 1996
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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, 7/22/1996

Monday, July 22nd, 1996
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ManagementSpeak: That’s a good question Translation: I don’t have a good answer. Thanks to reader Jim Boston.

Repeatable, predictable results and when to avoid them (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, July 22nd, 1996
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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 […]

Great Quotations, 7/15/1996

Monday, July 15th, 1996
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“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.

How to measure response time (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, July 15th, 1996
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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, 7/15/1996

Monday, July 15th, 1996
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ManagementSpeak: There are larger issues at stake. Translation: I’ve made up my mind, so don’t bother me with the facts.

The roles IS plays (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, July 15th, 1996
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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 […]

Great Quotations, 7/8/1996

Monday, July 8th, 1996
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“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.

Why IS is like golf (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, July 8th, 1996
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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 […]

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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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