Archive for July, 2002
ManagementSpeak: Check your titles at the door. Translation: We want to find out who the troublemakers are. IS Survivalist Tom Raschke is this week’s non-trouble-making contributor.
Why do you have two ears but only one mouth? Not, as the cliche would have it, so you’ll listen twice as much as you talk. It’s so you can experience Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in stereo, of course. Not that listening more than talking is a bad thing — far from it. This should be […]
ManagementSpeak: Our mission, vision and values guide our daily business activities. Translation: Our mission, vision and values guide our daily business activities unless they interfere with my stock options. IS Survivalist Jeff Cadieux’s mission, vision and values led to this submission
Why is tension between IT and business executives so common? No less an authority than Dr. Richard Paley, teacher of Divinity and Theobiology, Fellowship University reveals the answer (http://objectiveministries.tripod.com/propaganda.html): “The real operating system hiding under the newest version of the Macintosh … (MacOS X) is called … Darwin! That’s right, new Macs are based on […]
“Mother, mother ocean/After all the years I’ve found/My occupational hazard being/My occupation’s just not around.” — Jimmy Buffet, “A Pirate Looks at 40”
Of all the requests for advice I receive, the hardest come from college graduates or career changers wanting to know how to break into IT, and from older programmers who want to write code until they retire but can’t even get an interview. They’ve been sold on the idea that proficiency with computers practically guarantees […]
“I view really great strategies as a commodity, and implementations of really great strategies as rare objects.” – Jim Cannavino, former CEO of Perot Systems Corporation.
Maybe it’s just semantics. A bunch of readers commented on my recent column asserting that CIOs and CTOs should spend most of their energy dealing with strategic and tactical matters, delegating infrastructure, (which I equated to the military concept of logistics), to others. Among the comments: “Amateurs talk strategy, professionals discuss logistics.” This correspondent, along […]