Archive for July, 1998
Management Speak: We have made some changes to our benefits package I think you will be very excited about. Translation: Boy, are you in for a surprise when you try to file a claim. This week’s IS Survivalist figures anonymity will enhance his chance for survival
When it comes to government intervention in the antitrust action against Microsoft, lots of people say the marketplace should decide, even when there’s no longer a competitive marketplace and the whole point of the antitrust laws is to either preserve competition or compensate for its absence. In the labor market, though, there’s widespread desire for […]
ManagementSpeak: This assignment will be a good learning experience for you. Translation: It’s a thankless job that no one wants any part of. IS Survivalist Bob Aulert’s translation, though, is a job that deserves our thanks
I love the movie Apollo 13. It’s a modern rarity. Engineers and scientists – smart people dedicated to their jobs – are the heroes, and they become heroes by doing their jobs intelligently and with dedication. The only other recent movie that came close was Independence Day, and even there a cable repair guy showed […]
ManagementSpeak: This upgrade is a drop-in. Translation: Get out the aspirin and No-Doz. IS Survivalist Eric Steindorf has been through one or two upgrades himself, it appears.
In one of Keith Laumer’s novels, interstellar diplomat Retief spoke with a local chieftain on a problem planet. During the conversation the chieftain ascribes part of his negotiating position to his “charming naivete”. “Chief,” responded Retief, “you don’t have enough naivete to last until lunch.” Judging from the e-mail I’ve received since giving Microsoft credit […]
ManagementSpeak: For an IS individual he appears to have decent people skills. This phrase, found on a candidate summary provided by Human Resources to an anonymous IS hiring manager, really doesn’t need a translation, does it?
I spoke recently at the Making Statistics More Effective in Schools of Business conference. My host, Jon Cryer, figured the odds were pretty good that I said something useful. Since he teaches statistics and authored a nifty CD-ROM to help with the teaching process, I trust his judgment. Flushed with success from having talked to […]