Archive for October, 2004
ManagementSpeak: I shoot from the hip. Translation: I don’t think before I make decisions. Thinking takes too much effort. This week’s contributor thought carefully before deciding to remain anonymous.
Worthy of note: Item #1: Last week I accidentally denigrated the WWF when I said business leaders are, metaphorically, “… trapped in a cage match without the script.” Unbeknownst to yours truly the World Wildlife Fund successfully sued the World Wrestling Federation and the wrestlers are now WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). Allan West, who informed […]
ManagementSpeak: Let’s agree to disagree. Translation: You refuse to see it my way so I will hold my ground, get my way and take pleasure in your defeat. Alternate translation: One of us is being stupid. I just don’t know which one. I chose to publish this week’s anonymous contributor, which means we’re both being […]
While most of the correspondence responding to last week’s column — about how to choose in the upcoming presidential election — was favorable, a couple of readers thought commenting on the election in this space was inappropriate. They also thought I revealed a clear bias (although toward which candidate they didn’t say). I’m puzzled: If […]
ManagementSpeak: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Translation: I’m blowing smoke. This week’s anonymous firefighter points out the multiple sources of smoke.
If you were to rank the skills needed by CIOs (or anyone else in a leadership role, for that matter), put the ability to recruit and retain excellent managers at the top of the list. You aren’t leading unless others follow; the caliber of those who follow you determines how well you’ll achieve your goals. […]
“I don’t want yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth, even if it costs them their jobs.” – The inimitable Sam Goldwyn, whose classic ManagementSpeak needs no translation.
The technology life cycle, first described by this author in May of 1996 and later discovered (ahem) independently by Gartner as the “technology adoption curve,” has three stages: Hype, disillusionment, and application. Management trends follow a similar trajectory: Technique, panacea, yesterday’s fad. Which just goes to show that technologists have more sense than management theorists. […]