Archive for November, 2002
ManagementSpeak: We don’t have an organization chart. We’re a start-up. Translation: We have no idea who’s supposed to do what, when, or to whom. This week’s contributor understood what he was supposed to do: Report what he heard to the rest of us.
Have you ever wondered, while enjoying your Thanksgiving turkey, why the Pilgrims were the voyagers and Squanto the local expert, instead it being the other way around? If so, read Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond. It’s a remarkable book that attempts to develop a biogeographic theory of history. It’s well worth your time […]
Maybe they were just tired. In the past, when I’ve mentioned evolutionary theory in this space, I’ve received mail challenging my misguided acceptance of natural selection written in the quantities and tones usually reserved for criticisms of OS/2. But my recent column promoting the value of evolutionary concepts in everyday business thinking provoked no protest […]
ManagementSpeak: Despite an unfavorable economic climate, we have decided to go ahead with the Holiday Party in order to boost employee morale. Translation: We couldn’t get our deposit back. This week’s contributor remains anonymous due to his company’s unfavorable linguistic climate.
“Nostalgia,” Sam Goldwin once said, “ain’t what it used to be.” Recently I’ve become nostalgic for the raft of articles we saw during the late, lamented “IT Labor Shortage,” listing proven techniques managers could use to gain employee loyalty. That was just a few years back. Why don’t we see articles like that anymore? Ah, […]
ManagementSpeak: Milestone celebrations are passe. Translation: Morale-schmorale. If you want a pizza, buy it yourself. This week’s contributor decided to remain anonymous, and to buy herself a pizza.
“I had to be nice to you in 1999,” said the CIO in a low, ominous voice in his monthly all-hands meeting. “I had Y2K to worry about. And I had to be nice to you again in 2000,” he continued, his voice rising in pitch and amplitude just a bit, “because we were dealing […]