Archive for July, 1998

ManagementSpeak, 7/27/1998

Monday, July 27th, 1998
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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

It isn’t always easy to preach competition (First appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, July 27th, 1998
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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, 7/20/1998

Monday, July 20th, 1998
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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

Announcing: National Boycott Stupidity Day (First appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, July 20th, 1998
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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, 7/13/1998

Monday, July 13th, 1998
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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.

Guile, deceit, Microsoft, markets, and your career (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, July 13th, 1998
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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, 7/6/1998

Monday, July 6th, 1998
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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?

IT labor shortage, or IT smart hiring shortage? (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, July 6th, 1998
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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 […]

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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