Archive for November, 1998

ManagementSpeak, 11/30/1998

Monday, November 30th, 1998
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Management Speak: You have to apply common sense to this problem. Translation: You have to think like me. Our favorite contributor, Ann O. Nymous, provides some more helpful information

Integrated IS Plan #12: The human dimension (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, November 30th, 1998
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We live in the information age, or so I’m told. We’re bombarded with the stuff — it’s kind of like cosmic rays in that respect — and we’re spending an ever-increasing amount of time and energy dealing with it all. I’m not at all sure we’re really living in the information age. Information is defined […]

ManagementSpeak, 11/23/1998

Monday, November 23rd, 1998
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Management Speak: People are our greatest asset. Translation: People are our biggest expense item. The anonymous IS Survivalist who provided this week’s linguistic asset wants to keep on being an expense item

No fear (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, November 23rd, 1998
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I hate making dumb mistakes in this column, but make ’em I do. In a recent column on technical architecture, I described LU2 as IBM’s peer-to-peer protocol and LU6.2 as handling 3270 terminal sessions. That is, of course, exactly backward, as a few of you kindly pointed out. The good news is that nobody yells […]

ManagementSpeak, 11/16/1998

Monday, November 16th, 1998
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Management Speak: We don’t have time for solutions. I need an answer! Translation: Tell me what I want to hear, immediately! IS Survivalist Greg Linde explains the difference between solutions and answers

Adding to your toolkit (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, November 16th, 1998
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Two lawsuits further demonstrate how much some practitioners of law are willing to debase their profession. In the first, a glamor photographer brought suit against a Web site because it contained a link to another site, which in turn linked to a third site that had illegally published one of his photographs. The judge wisely […]

ManagementSpeak, 11/9/1998

Monday, November 9th, 1998
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Management Speak: I will personally steward that process. Translation: I’m betting you’ll forget about it within a month. Alternate translation: I’m betting this will be a great career builder. IS Survivalist Anthony Magnabosco personally stewarded this fine example of the manager’s lexicon

A culture of change (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, November 9th, 1998
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A month ago I mentioned how the transformation of muscle tissue into an electric organ in some fish exemplifies how evolution works — it morphs existing structures into needed ones. Several readers challenged the validity of evolutionary theory, describing my acceptance of it as naive. I’m perennially astonished that people who would never dream of […]

ManagementSpeak, 11/2/1998

Monday, November 2nd, 1998
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ManagementSpeak: This person is a loose cannon with our system! Translation: This person actually tries to really use the technology! IS Survivalist Martin Butzen fires this one across the bow

A bit of PC history (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, November 2nd, 1998
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Recently I described some research I bumped into 20 years ago about a parrot that appeared to understand both the meaning of the words it mimicked and at least some elementary rules of grammar. Not having heard anything more about it, I concluded the research didn’t pan out and parrots are mere mimics after all. […]

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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