Archive for February, 2001
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.
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: 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.
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: That would not be appropriate. Translation: Because I said so! Today’s contributor figured anonymity was more appropriate than attribution.
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: 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.
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 […]