Archive for September, 1996
ManagementSpeak: You needed to be more proactive. Translation: You should have protected me from myself. Thanks to reader Brian Redine.
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: 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
“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 […]
Question: “How can you tell a politician is lying?” Answer: “His lips are moving.” – Old Joke
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: 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.
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 […]
“In America, anyone can become president. That’s one of the risks you take.” – Adlai Stevenson
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 […]