Archive for September, 1996

ManagementSpeak, 9/30/1996

Monday, September 30th, 1996
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ManagementSpeak: You needed to be more proactive. Translation: You should have protected me from myself. Thanks to reader Brian Redine.

Dealing with ornery end-users (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, September 30th, 1996
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I just received my first flame. Getting real hate mail is pretty exciting. Plenty of readers have disagreed with me before. One or two have even called me a socialist, or Marxist, or something like that. Even the most passionate e-mails, though, have identified the subject and point of dispute. Not this one. The first […]

ManagementSpeak, 9/23/1996

Monday, September 23rd, 1996
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ManagementSpeak: That’s a great idea, but it’s out of sync with our corporate culture. Translation: I’m not sure how I can take credit for this idea. Thanks to reader Bill Finley, Program Director, DPMA, Cedar Rapids Chapter

Mentors are your friends. Be nice to your friends. (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, September 23rd, 1996
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“We ought to start a mentor program,” said one of the four Jim’s reporting to me several years ago. “Great idea,” I replied. “One question: what’s a mentor program?” A mentor program, Jim explained, recognizes the expert-in-the-next-cubicle, providing support, prestige (or at least respect), and a role in influencing how IS deals with LAN and […]

Great Quotations, 9/16/1996

Monday, September 16th, 1996
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Question: “How can you tell a politician is lying?” Answer: “His lips are moving.” – Old Joke

End-user insights (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, September 16th, 1996
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This, of course, is an election year, so we’re subjected to the usual array of ridiculous, mutually contradictory promises, none of which will last beyond the inaugural ball. They must think we’re smoking something, and probably think we inhale, too. Since this is an election year, you’ll also be subjected to commentators and columnists of […]

ManagementSpeak, 9/9/1996

Monday, September 9th, 1996
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ManagementSpeak: I’m glad you asked me that. Translation: Public Relations has written a carefully phrased answer. Thanks to reader Ben Cohen, who provided this, paraphrased from an unidentified Chicago Bar Association speaker.

Rhetorical escape hatch (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, September 9th, 1996
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From the Los Angeles Times, reprinted in the Star Tribune: “As vast swaths of the Western United States recuperated from the second massive power failure in six weeks, federal energy officials called an emergency meeting for today to address whether the region’s energy grid has been overwhelmed by burgeoning demand.” If we replaced “power” and […]

Great Quotations, 9/2/1996

Monday, September 2nd, 1996
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“In America, anyone can become president. That’s one of the risks you take.” – Adlai Stevenson

When to take risks, and what risks to take (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, September 2nd, 1996
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Bob Dole, in presenting his proposed budget cuts, supposedly said, “I’m not betting the farm. I’m betting the country!” Who wrote this? Dole isn’t betting the country, nor should he. We’re in pretty good shape in these parts, bucko, and you only bet the country if it’s on the verge of collapse. Otherwise the downside […]

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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