Archive for December, 2000
“We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry.” — John Webster
What are your core values? I found myself explaining my core values to a man who will have more of an opportunity to raise my children than I will myself — my ex-wife’s new husband, who lives in another city, with whom my children will live. He had the grace to ask how I want […]
ManagementSpeak: Wanted: Director of Information Systems to plan, direct, Information Technology. Candidate will work closely with Administration and Board of Directors. Must have a working knowledge of CICS, C+, C++, Visual Basic, NT, Unix, COBOL, and Java. Translation: Wanted: Programmer willing to accept responsibility for all management chores and the blame for all IT-related problems. […]
This is Electoral College week. As I write these words, we still doesn’t know who won the presidential election. We do, however, know who lost. Us. Both Bush and Gore ought to feel embarrassed over the virtually perfect lack of leadership they’ve each shown since the election. Maybe not as embarrassed as John Ashcroft of […]
ManagementSpeak: Mr. Jones has left to pursue other interests. Translation: It turns out we’d hired another loser, and we had to pay him a bundle to leave quietly. IS Survivalist Roger Phillips’s contribution, on the other hand, was another winner.
As every programmer knows, God was able to make the world in only six days because he didn’t have an installed base. Programmers rarely have that luxury. New managers have a different kind of installed base to worry about. While the difficulties they face are not as technically daunting as creating a backward-compatible operating system […]
ManagementSpeak: We’re in an entrepreneurial environment. Translation: Not only won’t I support you, I’ll put some barriers in your path … but I’m still holding you accountable for getting it done. IS Survivalist JRL showed his entrepreneurial spirit through this excellent submission.
In the person-to-person enterprise, smart leaders avoid specific policies whenever possible, stating instead the principles they wish to embed in the corporate culture. “Person-to-person” is the phrase introduced in my upcoming book, Lewis’s Laws (IDG Books, due on shelves next March), to describe how businesses will operate in the emerging post-process era. It means business […]