Archive for September, 2000
“The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.” – Abby Hoffman
I have good news, great news, bad news, and good news. The American Cocoa Research Institute (ACRI) recently reported research on (what else?) the health benefits of cocoa and chocolate. The good news: The ACRI exists. Something this important deserves a research institute. The great news is that cocoa and chocolate are chock-full of flavonoids. […]
“You close the door when you go to the bathroom not because you’re doing something bad in there, but because others might not care to share the experience.” – Judith Martin, aka Miss Manners.
Can we give the president some privacy? Zippergate, which was a trivial scandal compared to its recent presidential predecessors, pretty much ended it. Not that the current crop of candidates helps anything by parading their religiosity on their sleeves. It goes beyond poor fashion sense. The presidency already resembles an episode of Big Brother. Why […]
Management Speak: We need to leverage our existing resources. Translation: For YOUR group there’s a hiring freeze on. IS Survivalist Wendy Nather describes the asymmetry of leverage.
Is the Internet just a bit-mover, or is it “the” new environment? I chose to describe it as the former while challenging the latter recently, branding me as dour and visionless in the eyes of some readers. Nonetheless, the Internet is, physically, a way to move bits around. That’s an accurate description. It isn’t, however, […]
Management Speak: This new job title may be unusual, but it more accurately reflects your duties. Translation: I don’t want you to be able to find your job in a salary survey. This week’s IS Survivalist is a “Product Analyst” from the Great Southwest … does anyone know what that position pays?
Awhile back I wrote a column differentiating responsibility, accountability, and blame. In case you missed it: Someone takes responsibility for a result — it’s up to them to make sure it happens. You hold someone else accountable — it’s what you do after delegation, to make sure whoever you delegated it to lives up to […]