Archive for October, 2002
ManagementSpeak: We view CICS as an asset. Translation: We wish the darn thing would disappear! Long-time IS Survivalist Zeâ€™ev Atlas quotes and translates an unknown IBM employee overheard years ago.
ATHENS, GREECE — The Parthenon stands on the fields of the Acropolis overlooking this ancient, modern city. Built some 2,500 years ago during the height of Athens’ power and influence, its age and commanding architectural grace and sophistication inspire a sense of awe that requires presence, not mere description. It stood more or less intact […]
“Those who don’t remember the past are condemned to repeat the eleventh grade.” – James W. Loewen
Revisionism is the art of waiting until everyone who knows better is dead, then interpreting events through your ideological filter. Consider this response to my September 9th column, Crisis management: “Though FDR often erroneously gets credit for ‘putting people back to work,’ his successful efforts to expand the federal government past its constitutional boundaries is […]
ManagementSpeak: We have a highly stable environment. Translation: We haven’t had a new thought in 50 years and won’t even consider your ideas for improvements. IS Survivalists Kathy Lewis and Don Parmentier, two very stable people, provided this week’s bit o’wisdom.
Two years ago I predicted hard times for Palm. Hard times have arrived, in the form of plummeting marketshare and negative profits. It was not a difficult prediction. When I wrote the column, Palm hadn’t given customers any reason to buy a new PDA in years, and there are still only two reasons to replace […]
ManagementSpeak: We need people to be more accountable for their work! Translation: We need subordinates to take the blame for our failures. This week’s contributor, concerned about being held accountable by the source of this week’s entry, remains anonymous.
Are you on either side of a merger or acquisition? Here’s what they don’t teach in business school.