Archive for September, 2002

ManagementSpeak, 9/30/2002

Monday, September 30th, 2002
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ManagementSpeak: That would have to be a team decision. Translation: I’ve already told you how I want it done. Why are you still standing there? Our contributor’s desire to remain anonymous was, however, an individual decision.

Braindrizzling (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, September 30th, 2002
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In the end, technique can’t substitute for courage. Take, for example, brainstorming. By now, most of us in business have learned how to brainstorm properly. We sit at the table, politely waiting our turn while the facilitator asks for our ideas in strict rotation, writing them down verbatim while we all take great care to […]

ManagementSpeak, 9/23/2002

Monday, September 23rd, 2002
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ManagementSpeak: No, I’ve asked Bill to take the lead on this project. Translation: You need to take me golfing more often, George. This week’s anonymous contributor got published because he took me golfing. (No, not really.)

Hard science, soft science, and EQ (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, September 23rd, 2002
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If you want to know why practitioners of the hard sciences sometimes sneer at social scientists, look no farther than the popular book Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman. In it, Goleman presents a groundbreaking discovery: People who are socially graceful enjoy more success than people who are intellectually brilliant but socially inept. This unexpected insight […]

ManagementSpeak, 9/16/2002

Monday, September 16th, 2002
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ManagementSpeak: This merger will result in a synergy between our two companies which fully utilizes our combined infrastructure and strategic planning. Translation: All of you are out of jobs, but I don’t care because I have a golden parachute. This week’s contributor, lacking his own golden parachute, remains anonymous.

How to come in third (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, September 16th, 2002
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When Hewlett Packard and Compaq first announced their plan to merge, one writer commented that both companies had spent several years searching for a strategy. Ain’t that pathetic? I picture Carly Fiorina wandering around the desert, looking under rocks and behind the occasional saguaro like some National Geographic photographer hoping to capture a rare, elusive […]

Great Quotations, 9/9/2002

Monday, September 9th, 2002
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“The salary of the chief executive of a large corporation is not a market award for achievement. It is frequently in the nature of a warm personal gesture by the individual to himself.” – John Kenneth Galbraith

When leadership is easiest (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, September 9th, 2002
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Leadership is easiest in a crisis. Crisis provides motivation and mutual trust, something leaders have to provide themselves in less urgent times. Crisis also provides alignment of purpose, allowing leaders the luxury of authoritarian decision-making. In less urgent times, leaders must consult with others, building alignment of purpose through the hard, delicate, necessary work of […]

Great Quotations, 9/2/2002

Monday, September 2nd, 2002
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“The first cup of coffee in the morning recapitulates phylogeny.” – Dr. Jerry Pournelle

Survival of the best fit (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, September 2nd, 2002
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Usually, I get the joke. I don’t always think it’s funny, but at least I get it. Not always, though — in a recent column I reported on the antics of a certain “Dr. Richard Paley, teacher of Divinity and Theobiology, Fellowship University,” who exposed all of us in IT as Darwinians, atheists and pagans. […]

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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