Archive for November, 2000

ManagementSpeak, 11/27/2000

Monday, November 27th, 2000
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ManagementSpeak: I want you to come out of this project looking like the hero. Translation: I want to come out of this project looking like the hero. This week’s contributor, having requested anonymity, must remain an unsung hero.

Lutz on Guts (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, November 27th, 2000
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How do you decide which books to buy and read? These are two different decisions. Some books are ammunition. When you need support for a position that’s been challenged, books follow the Harvard Business Review and official-looking analyst reports, precede trade press articles, and are a parsec or two in front of facts and logic […]

ManagementSpeak, 11/20/2000

Monday, November 20th, 2000
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ManagementSpeak: Preliminary tests were inconclusive. Translation: We couldn’t even figure out how to start it up. Speaking of inconclusive, this week’s contributor never gave permission to mention his name.

Trend overload (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, November 20th, 2000
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We need more women in IT. Now that I’m skating on thin ice, let me explain. When I was a lad, women’s fashions were a big deal. If the designers declared hem lengths were up, most women wore short skirts, acting as if the fashion police would pay a visit. I still see articles about […]

ManagementSpeak, 11/13/2000

Monday, November 13th, 2000
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ManagementSpeak: We. Translation: Me. Alternate Translation: You. IS Survivalist Craig Faison shows the importance of context in understand language.

Employee privacy – buck the trend (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, November 13th, 2000
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It’s time to vote. It’s a tough choice this year. No, I’m not going to endorse either George “Fratboy” Bush or Al “Cyborg” Gore. This being an IT publication, that wouldn’t be appropriate. Personally, I’m using my Aunt Lila’s logic. Years ago she explained why she was voting for Walter Mondale against Ronald Reagan. “I […]

ManagementSpeak, 11/6/2000

Monday, November 6th, 2000
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ManagementSpeak: We’ve had to make a very difficult business decision. Translation: You’re leaving. We’re getting a big bonus. The decision to use this contribution, from a source who prefers to remain anonymous, was not difficult at all.

Gartner or Ann Landers? You decide (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, November 6th, 2000
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Some people prefer Dear Abby, others Ann Landers. I’m an Ann kind of guy — too often, Abby’s advice lacks specifics and substance, whereas Ann’s advice is always practical and specific. One of Ann’s better pieces of advice goes to “the other woman”. “If he cheated on his wife with you,” Ann regularly points out, […]

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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