Archive for August, 2002

ManagementSpeak, 8/26/2002

Monday, August 26th, 2002
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ManagementSpeak: In this uncertain business climate we find it necessary to take actions that will enable us to maintain our position in the industry. Translation: We’re certain that by laying off another 10% of our employees this quarter we’ll avoid another 20% drop in our stock price. IS Survivalist Ken Ries explains how to be […]

Avoiding the IT Rust Belt (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, August 26th, 2002
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Times change, and few programs warrant eternal life. Take, for example, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Established to encourage innovation, it now encourages patent holders to use attorneys instead of engineers to protect their marketplace position. Close the Patent Office and companies would have to win by getting to market first and innovating the […]

ManagementSpeak, 8/19/2002

Monday, August 19th, 2002
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ManagementSpeak: I am confident our company will be exonerated of all charges. Translation: We can afford better lawyers and more of them. This week’s contributor prefers anonymity to exoneration.

The re-regulation of business (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, August 19th, 2002
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Marilyn vos Savant, the professional genius, proved that the egg came first. Heritable mutations happen only in sperm and ova, she reasoned, so something that was almost a chicken laid a true chicken egg. Makes sense to me. As we sit in the rubble of Enron, ImClone, Worldcom, Tyco, AOL, and other, as-yet-undiscovered or unpublicized […]

ManagementSpeak, 8/12/2002

Monday, August 12th, 2002
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ManagementSpeak: Thank you for your insightful suggestion. Translation: There goes your next performance appraisal. We thank this week’s anonymous source for an insightful translation.

Getting even straighter information (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, August 12th, 2002
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Given current sexual harassment law, you probably can’t show Akira Kurosawa’s brilliant film, Rashomon at your next off-site staff meeting, because the plot involves a sexual encounter (mentioned, not graphically depicted or discussed in detail). It’s too bad. Rashomon provides a powerful metaphor for your attempts to find out what’s really going on in your […]

ManagementSpeak, 8/5/2002

Monday, August 5th, 2002
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ManagementSpeak: We are reworking our employee survey instrument to give more useful results. Translation: We’re going to keep rewriting the questions until we get the answers we want. IS Survivalist John Pfeifer got his translation right on the first try.

Getting straight information (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, August 5th, 2002
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Bad news doesn’t improve with age, or so I learned in a leadership training program I attended some years ago. And it doesn’t, even though modern business leaders have learned another important lesson: If they hide bad news — or hide from it — for a few fiscal quarters they can bank a big enough […]

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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