Archive for December, 1998

Great Quotations, 12/28/1998

Monday, December 28th, 1998
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“Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny.” – Kin Hubbard

Predictions past and present (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, December 28th, 1998
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Last year we had two movies about animated ants. What are the chances? We also had two movies about comets hitting the earth. This was less of a coincidence because with all the end-of-life-as-we-know-it Y2K predictions, a few movies about the end of the world were inevitable. Next year we’re almost sure to see at […]

Great Quotations, 12/21/1998

Monday, December 21st, 1998
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“‘Bah,’ said Scrooge. ‘Humbug!’” – A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

A holiday card to the industry – 1998 (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, December 21st, 1998
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“Why should I pay taxes so someone else can …” complained a friend the other day as we climbed into his Lexus to drive to a restaurant. Lots of people I know complain about their taxes and vote for political candidates who promise tax reductions. Not me. I figure I’m paid a standard of living, […]

ManagementSpeak, 12/14/1998

Monday, December 14th, 1998
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Management Speak: We’ve learned our lesson and we’ll never make that mistake again. Translation: Shut up!  I don’t want to talk about it and I certainly don’t want you to rub my nose in it. Alternate Translation: We have an entirely different mistake in mind for next time. Today’s IS Survivalist is “one who should […]

Integrated IS Plan #13: Processes (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, December 14th, 1998
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In my first exposure to business process re-engineering, our chosen consultant explained how Information Systems is “just like a factory.” We have a process for understanding the products we’re supposed to create (systems requirements analysis), another process for designing them (systems design), one for building them (systems development) and one for distributing them to our […]

Great Quotations, 12/7/1998

Monday, December 7th, 1998
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“My problems start when the smarter bears and the dumber visitors intersect.” – Steve Thompson, wildlife biologist at Yosemite National Park

Managing PCs the smart way (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, December 7th, 1998
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A lot of my correspondence comes from people who think their employers should do more — or at least anything — to make their workplace more enjoyable and fulfilling. They’re right. The correlation between treating people well and a higher-quality workforce is not exactly controversial, and even with a cooling economy good employees have no […]

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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