Archive for June, 2003
ManagementSpeak: The project was a rousing success. Translation: My definition of “success” is that I endorsed the project. I think we can endorse this translation as having been a rousing success.
The ever-quotable Larry Ellison has told us that software is about to become uninteresting. Nicholas Carr has stated, in the Harvard Business Review, no less, that IT doesn’t matter anymore — that since everyone has “it,” it’s no longer a differentiator. I don’t know which parallel dimension they live in, but I’m pretty sure it […]
ManagementSpeak: Everybody knows that … Translation: Don’t bother me with facts or logic — this is what I want to believe. Everybody knows this is what the phrase means, don’t they?
I’d like to file a missing persons report. It’s the liberal media. I can’t find them anywhere! I keep hearing that “the media” has a liberal bias. I hear it from every radio talk-show host, every television commentator, and a lot of print columnists. So here’s my question: If every radio talk-show host and television […]
“A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.” – John le Carre
Sometimes, being right is more misleading than being wrong. I’m thinking of Nicholas Carr, writing in the Harvard Business Review that IT doesn’t matter anymore — in his view it has become so plentiful and commoditized that it no longer provides anyone with a competitive advantage. He is, of course, right. In a wrong kind […]
ManagementSpeak: We like the way you handle responsibility. Translation: We want to make you the fall guy when things go wrong. KJR Club Member Greg Griswold culled this beauty from an old Frank & Ernest cartoon.
Back in my electric-fish-research days I found myself in a small pond near Makoku, Gabon. Having noticed a faint squeaking noise, I investigated, looking for the source. After five minutes of careful searching I discovered it: A frog, caught in the mouth of a very long green snake, dangling from a tree roughly two feet […]
ManagementSpeak: Quality is free. Translation: We have no intention of investing in our business. This week’s contributor invested a high-quality ManagementSpeak in this column … for free.
We used to say, “Quicker, cheaper, better … pick two.” Then process re-engineering came along, promising improvements in all three through the magic of being more insightful than those who built the current process. Sometimes re-engineering succeeds. Sometimes it does more harm than good, in part because, as discussed in this space over the last […]