Archive for February, 2001

ManagementSpeak, 2/26/2001

Monday, February 26th, 2001
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ManagementSpeak: Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate your comments and suggestions. Translation: I have no idea what you said, because I didn’t read it. IS Survivalist Celia Redmore provides management with some useful feedback.

The value of re-skilling (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, February 26th, 2001
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One of the odder habits of the native Minnesotan is becoming cold voluntarily. As evidence, I offer the St. Paul Winter Carnival. Not wanting to deprive my children of a True Minnesota Experience, we trundled off to this remarkable event. The parking was free, but a mile away — this is a popular event! — […]

ManagementSpeak, 2/19/2001

Monday, February 19th, 2001
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ManagementSpeak: Since you’re our expert in this field, we would like you to mentor Joe in it. Translation: We would like you to train Joe to be your replacement. This week’s anonymous IS Survivalist, on the other hand, is irreplaceable.

Dealing with rivals (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, February 19th, 2001
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Confrontation doesn’t come easily to most of us. When making the transition from staff to management, learning how and when to confront others is one of the most important skills to master. Nowhere is it more important than when you take over an existing department. Why? Hold on a moment and we’ll get there. You […]

ManagementSpeak, 2/12/2001

Monday, February 12th, 2001
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ManagementSpeak: That would not be appropriate. Translation: Because I said so! Today’s contributor figured anonymity was more appropriate than attribution.

Religion in the workplace (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, February 12th, 2001
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Politics and religion are two of the three forbidden topics for polite conversation. Sex is the third, but its most interesting aspects don’t lend themselves to conversation anyway. But since sex is the only forbidden topic missing from this column in recent months, I figured, let’s make it a clean sweep … Actually, no. Nor […]

ManagementSpeak, 2/5/2001

Monday, February 5th, 2001
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ManagementSpeak: We have set an aggressive schedule, but we have faith in you. Translation: This is an impossible schedule and we are already behind. Risk of failure is high, but we plan on making you responsible. This week’s contributor felt responsible enough without being identified here.

Internet weirdness (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, February 5th, 2001
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The Internet stock bubble never burst, as Bob Metcalfe predicted it would in these pages last year. “Burst” implies explosiveness. As an investment category, the Internet looked more like a hot air balloon that ran out of heat and sounded more like a whoopee cushion than a POP! Preferred metaphor notwithstanding, the wind left the […]

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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