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Great Quotations, 3/31/1997

Monday, March 31st, 1997
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You/Were under the impression/That when you were walking forwards/You would end up further onward/But things ain’t quite that simple. – The Who, Quadraphenia

Changing the people or changing the people (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, March 31st, 1997
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I get bored easily. Since my professions (writing and consulting) depend on my ability to persuade, this character defect has personal significance. As a senior consultant of my acquaintance reminds me frequently, people rarely adopt new ideas before about seven repetitions. Seven? I’m bored by the third repetition! Example: Last year I wrote a column […]

Great Quotations, 3/24/1997

Monday, March 24th, 1997
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“Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be.” – Sam Goldwyn

Push-and-steer, point-and-click (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, March 24th, 1997
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I’ve told my share of “dumb user” stories. Whiteout-on-the-screen is a popular entry. I’m fond of the using-a-bulk-tape-eraser-as-a-diskette-bookend story. My all-time favorite has the punch line, “Well, your first problem is, that’s not a modem, it’s an answering machine.” You don’t hear as many “dumb IS analyst” stories. Here’s one: “We don’t have time to […]

ManagementSpeak, 3/17/1997

Monday, March 17th, 1997
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ManagementSpeak: In a perfect world … Translation: Just get it working and get it out the door. Thanks to reader Jim Boston for this week’s vocabulary builder.

Trusted information providers (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, March 17th, 1997
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You’ll find this hard to believe, but I have an unfortunate tendency to wisecrack. Sometimes, they get out of hand, becoming the conversational goal. Function – communication – gets lost in the quest for form (and you’ll recall that “Form Follows Function” is one of the three great laws of management). I victimized a perfectly […]

ManagementSpeak, 3/10/1997

Monday, March 10th, 1997
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“How evolved can a man be who drives a Dodge Dart?” – Agent Mulder, The X Files

You gotta love it (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, March 10th, 1997
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Do you love technology? Is it really cool stuff, or just a tool for the business, like a screwdriver or bandsaw? Northwest Airlines undoubtedly logged the flight as an on-time departure, because we left the gate within 15 minutes of the original schedule. Of course, we sat on the tarmac for an hour and a […]

Great Quotations, 3/3/1997

Monday, March 3rd, 1997
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“There is no course of life so weak and sottish as that which is managed by order, method, and discipline.” – Montaigne

Repeatable, predictable, zzzzzzz (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, March 3rd, 1997
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Do you believe in astrology? Me neither. Still, a few years ago when I worked in product development for awhile, my boss and I regularly finished each others’ sentences. The rapport was immediate and strong. The weirdest moment of this relationship came when our whole team took a personality inventory. When they were scored, I […]

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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