Archive for June, 1997

ManagementSpeak, 6/30/1997

Monday, June 30th, 1997
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ManagementSpeak: Wrong answer. Translation: You didn’t tell me what I wanted to hear. Reader David Pepper isn’t alone, I’m sure, in having heard this magic phrase.

Reinventing yourself (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, June 30th, 1997
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A few weeks ago we talked about the hiring process being badly broken. I expected a flame war. Instead, large numbers of you wrote to express your agreement and relate anecdotes in support of the article’s premise: that in too many companies, Human Resources screens out those applicants most likely to succeed in favor of […]

ManagementSpeak, 6/23/1997

Monday, June 23rd, 1997
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ManagementSpeak: Our new organizational strategy addresses the goal of recognizing differing customer needs by moving accountability, authority, and resources closer to local markets and local caregivers, where it belongs. Translation: We want to shift the blame. Reader Joe Cumpian offers this interpretation of a popular business strategy.

Do you really want entrepreneurs? (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, June 23rd, 1997
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Whenever I take a personality profile I ask myself a Microsoft-like question: “Who do you want to be today?” The technique is simple: Just choose a self-image and role-play as you fill out the personality assessment survey. I once got myself into considerable trouble this way: As the facilitator reviewed our team results he looked […]

ManagementSpeak, 6/16/1997

Monday, June 16th, 1997
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Management Speak: I appreciate your contribution. Translation: @#%* you! Thanks to reader Drew Harris for clarifying the situation.

From the mailbag (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, June 16th, 1997
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Back when the earth was young and I made a living writing Fortran, SAS, and Cobol code (in order of personal preference) I learned a technique called “pseudo-conversational” coding, well-adapted to the IDMS-DC programming environment at my place of employment. Pseudo-conversational code inverts the intuitive sequence of events. The final event of a pseudo-conversational program […]

ManagementSpeak, 6/9/1997

Monday, June 9th, 1997
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Management Speak: It’s not possible. It’s impractical.  It won’t work. Translation: I don’t know how to do it. Reader Tom Warburton provided this week’s contribution.

Managing real-space like cyberspace (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, June 9th, 1997
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The world of ideas is a very fractal place. Fractals, you’ll recall, are geometric constructs in which the same forms recur at different levels of magnification. At close range boulders look like mountains, rocks look like boulders, and grains of sand look like rocks. You have a hard time recognizing which scale you’re looking at. […]

Great Quotations, 6/2/1997

Monday, June 2nd, 1997
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“We’ve heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.” — Robert Wilensky, University of California

Zoning the Internet (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, June 2nd, 1997
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When I was a kid growing up in the Chicago suburbs I loved westerns. Maverick was my favorite, of course, and James Garner — along with Mad Magazine, Rocky and Bullwinkle, and the Cubs — did a lot to shape (warp?) my personality during my formative years. When I grew out of Mad Magazine 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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