Archive for October, 1997
Management Speak: We want you to be happy. Translation: You’ll do it our way and you’ll like it. Thanks to reader Mike Miller for pointing this out.
A favorite topic for wannabe philosophers is what makes humans unique. There is, of course, a level of arrogance in this question — it assumes we are unique. Usually, people who point out the obvious answer (our DNA sequences) are excluded from the rest of the conversation. The socially acceptable answers fall into two groups: […]
Management Speak: … in a fun and healthy workplace. Translation: Young, inexperienced nonsmokers work here. Today’s example was spotted in the recruitment ads by a reader who prefers to be nameless.
All mothers belong to the same religion and ethnic group. I say this because no matter whom I’m kidding with, guilt is a particular specialty of their religion or ethnic group and mothers are the designated delivery system. “You think your mother made you feel guilty?” they might say. “Let me tell you about my […]
“Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is the lightning that does all the work.” – Mark Twain, by way of my friend Chuck Champine
I love hearing managers complain about unions. “You can’t get those guys to take responsibility,” they complain. “They’re just not motivated. Don’t blame me — they belong to a union!” Union members who won’t take responsibility? Didn’t I just hear the manager refuse to take responsibility for motivating employees? It would be one thing if […]
Management Speak: I always try to match people’s interests with the work I assign to them. Translation: You’ll do what I tell you to do. Thanks to reader Miguel Payet for this week’s vocabulary builder.
When cultures collide, two things can happen: Tragedy can strike, as in Spain’s conquest of the Aztecs, or both can enrich each other, as when St. Patrick brought Roman literacy to Ireland. (If you’re interested, read How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill. It’s a wonderful read, and you’ll gain important insights into Western […]