Archive for January, 2005
ManagementSpeak: We blundered into a solution. Translation: Somebody else thought of the solution. Today’s KJR Club member, known only as “From Nashville,” didn’t have to blunder into this week’s translation.
“What about Captain Abrashoff?” That question, or one like it, came up quite a bit in response to last week’s column that explained that, like it or not, there are times when the most effective way to shake up a complacent organization is to downsize to get rid of all the second and third-raters in […]
ManagementSpeak: Benchmark. Translation: A clever strategy for ensuring a position one or two steps behind the competition. KJR Club member Chris White has cleverly established a new benchmark for ManagementSpeak translations.
In boot camp, the military first starves recruits to get rid of their flab. Then it feeds them to build muscle. Or at least, that’s what I’ve read in various fictional accounts. Not having had the pleasure, I can confirm neither the truth nor the efficacy of this technique. It’s remarkably similar to one I […]
ManagementSpeak: We will look into it. Translation: We will never, ever, think about it again. KJR Club member Michael Platt looked into the meaning of this common phrase.
Most IT professionals understand the need to work late from time to time. Suggest it’s a normal part of the profession, though, and you’ll get an earful. If I were a cynical sort, I’d think many IT professionals just aren’t happy without something to complain about. Several weeks ago, I listed IT being a ghost […]
ManagementSpeak: Our new reorganization will allow us to more effectively respond to the challenges we face in the current business environment. Translation: Things are going to get worse before they get better. Alternate Translation: Things are going to get worse. KJR Club member Chris Keating describes the biggest challenge of most business environments.
“Better,” said Voltaire, “is the enemy of good.” I used this quote last year, describing it as a healthy attitude, to finish a column proposing seven warning signs of a culture of complacency. In response, the estimable Frank Hayes, who writes “Frankly Speaking” for Computerworld and is one of the best commentators in the industry, […]
“Any team can have a bad century.” – Jack Brickhouse, explaining the Chicago Cubs inability to win a World Series since 1908.
Everyone knows most Americans have five pounds of undigested beef in their intestines. They know it because a character in Beverly Hills Cop said so. From there it became accepted truth, just because everyone knows it. Just because everyone knows something doesn’t make it right. Let’s start 2005 the right way … by ridiculing other […]