Archive for April, 2004
ManagementSpeak: You’re being cynical. Translation: You’re right, but we don’t want to admit it. This weeks’ contributor might be cynical, but he’s certainly right.
In 1950 the Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers hired W. Edwards Deming to teach them how to manufacture high-quality goods. American industry, which dominated world trade at the time, ignored him. Big mistake. While Ford, Chrysler and American Motors searched for strategies to counteract General Motors’ dreaded tail fins, Toyota and Nissan (then Datsun) […]
“If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion.” — George Bernard Shaw
Offshore outsourcing is rapidly falling out of favor. Not the business practice. That continues to gain momentum. It’s the phrase. “Offshore outsourcing” is now “global sourcing.” Sounds less pejorative, don’t you think? To be fair, it’s a more accurate term, since the biggest and most successful offshore providers have U.S. operations to provide client-facing services. […]
ManagementSpeak: I have some good news for you. Translation: I have some bad news for you, but with more spin on it than a Nolan Ryan curveball. KJR Club Member Dale McKinnon spins in reverse.
In this presidential campaign (presidential as in “for the office of president,” not “of a caliber deserving of the office”), “spin” is the label applied to the most accurate statements candidates make. Complete fabrication is a polite label for the other end of the spectrum. (Don’t believe me? Check www.factcheck.org — an outstanding and completely […]
Cxx — a computer language optimized for creating Web-based smut. Okay, it isn’t ManagementSpeak, but on the other hand, as a friend suggests, it could happen. And it would add a whole new meaning to “object-oriented programming.”
“Since you have now abused the trust I placed in you when I subscribed to your newsletter by using my address for unauthorized purposes (e.g. marketing), please unsubscribe me from your mailing list.” — From a now-former KJR subscriber, in response to the recent e-mail promoting our upcoming seminars. Juxtapose it with “IS Survivor Publishing’s […]