Archive for March, 2003
ManagementSpeak: I operate on a higher value plane than you do. Translation: My last connection with operational responsibility was too long ago to remember. As a ManagementSpeak provider, this week’s anonymous contributor operates on the highest of value planes.
I’ve found the perfect Mission Statement. No, really. You’ve heard it too. Chances are you were too busy drinking beer (as was I) to recognize it as a mission statement at the time. Here it is: “Less filling, tastes great.” It’s perfect. Your mission is your brand, or at least it should be. Branding is […]
ManagementSpeak: I will accept no excuses! Translation: I don’t know the difference between an excuse and a real problem. Today’s survivor, an anonymous government IT employee, knows the difference between ManagementSpeak and real communication.
In late 1997, the U.S.S. Benfold was stationed in the Persian Gulf, one of the destroyers responsible for inspecting all ships entering and leaving Iraq. An average ship inspection required five hours. The Benfold performed its inspections in half that time. How? A junior petty officer, Fire Controlman Derrick Thomas, built a PC database that […]
ManagementSpeak: Times are tough and we all have to pitch in. Translation: I have a 4pm tee time, but you’d better work late. IS Survivalist William Adams didn’t hold the driver.
I keep hearing loud, angry people complain that our problems are the result of people refusing to take personal responsibility. Which is to say, it’s all someone else’s fault. Many of those I’ve heard spouting this complaint most publicly are in leadership roles in their organizations, and they aren’t speaking self-referentially, although when a leader […]
ManagementSpeak: I’m looking for people who can think in unconventional terms. Translation: You’re going to have to improvise all the time, because we don’t waste money buying the right tools. IS Survivalist Jay Siegel explains how conventional unconventional thinking can be.
And now for some irony: Microsoft’s print ads touting its .Net development tools as the solution for DLL hell — a bit like a cobra advertising antivenin, don’t you think? But wait! There’s more! If you watch much television you’ve surely seen one of Microsoft’s dramatic reenactments showing how it can quickly and easily turn […]
ManagementSpeak: Are there other options? Translation: I don’t understand the option you just explained. But IS Survivalist Buddy Ackerman understood what was said perfectly.
Neologisms and Polonium 210 have something in common. Both have a half life of less than six months. In the case of Polonium 210 it’s the radioactivity that declines. In the case of a new and useful word, it’s adherence to the original definition. Just as radioactive substances eventually decay into inert, dull elements like […]