Archive for October, 1997

ManagementSpeak, 10/27/1997

Monday, October 27th, 1997
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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 dangerous way to motivate (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, October 27th, 1997
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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: […]

ManagementSpeak, 10/20/1997

Monday, October 20th, 1997
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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.

The best motivator (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, October 20th, 1997
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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 […]

Great Quotations, 10/13/1997

Monday, October 13th, 1997
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“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

With money, the medium really is the message (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, October 13th, 1997
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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 […]

ManagementSpeak, 10/6/1997

Monday, October 6th, 1997
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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.

The best and worst motivator (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, October 6th, 1997
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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 […]

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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