Archive for January, 1997

Great Quotations, 1/27/1997

Monday, January 27th, 1997
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“They say I should’ve been here/back about ten years/before it got ruined by folks like me.” – James McMurtry, “I’m Not From Here”, Lost in the Wasteland

How not to keep the Internet from collapsing (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, January 27th, 1997
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If you blow enough smoke, you’ll convince a lot of people there’s a fire somewhere. Last year, Bob Metcalfe and other pundits predicted the imminent collapse of the Internet. I, on the other hand, courageously predicted its non-collapse, and even more courageously endorsed the free-market economic model on which it is based. The collapse contingent […]

Great Quotations, 1/20/1997

Monday, January 20th, 1997
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“Conscience is the inner voice warning us that someone may be looking.” – H.L. Mencken

The sense of your conscience (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, January 20th, 1997
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When you’re negotiating, be smart and act stupid. I’ve heard this advice many times over the years, but my pride never lets me accept it. Ego-gratification always ends up taking precedence over financial gain. This is semi-good career counsel too. When you try to prove you’re smarter than your organizational superiors (superior in position only, […]

ManagementSpeak, 1/13/1997

Monday, January 13th, 1997
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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.

Inhaling network computers (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, January 13th, 1997
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Here’s a scary fact: Kofi Annan, the new Secretary General of the United Nations, went to the same college I did, although his stint at Macalester preceded mine by a dozen years. Maybe he needs help managing his technology. Do you think? At Mac in the early seventies, the grass always looked greener under the […]

Great Quotations, 1/6/1997

Monday, January 6th, 1997
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“Football combines the two worst features of American life. It is violence punctuated by committee meetings.” – George Will

Meeting math (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, January 6th, 1997
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Those who extol the virtues of small business often say that big businesses hold meetings to plan how they’re going to hold meetings. Pretty funny stuff, huh? I thought so too, until I attended eight half-day training sessions on group process dynamics and interaction management several years ago. There’s some logic in doing this. In […]

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.

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