Archive for March, 2003

ManagementSpeak, 3/31/2003

Monday, March 31st, 2003
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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.

Lessons from the brand masters (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, March 31st, 2003
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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, 3/24/2003

Monday, March 24th, 2003
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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.

Join the VPS or ship out (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, March 24th, 2003
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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, 3/17/2003

Monday, March 17th, 2003
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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.

Are you Ebert or are you Spielberg? (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, March 17th, 2003
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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, 3/10/2003

Monday, March 10th, 2003
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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.

Linux support hell (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, March 10th, 2003
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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, 3/2/2003

Sunday, March 2nd, 2003
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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.

Truly disruptive WiFi (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Sunday, March 2nd, 2003
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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 […]

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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