Archive for March, 2005
ManagementSpeak: Bring me more data so I can make an informed decision. Translation: I need more time to figure out what on earth you’re talking about. Alternate Translation: If you go away now, perhaps you will forget about this before I have to make a decision. Thanks to KJR Club member Bill Helgren we’re much […]
I’m sorry I brought the whole thing up. Regarding last week’s column on identity theft, here is the testimony of two expert witnesses, edited for length but otherwise unaltered: As the Executive Director of a retiree membership organization who counsels his members on identity theft, I can assure you that the advice you passed along […]
ManagementSpeak: We need better communication. Translation: We need someone who can speak down to our level and understand us when we don’t make any sense. This week’s anonymous contributor spoke up to our level.
Timely advice, forwarded from reader Griff Rogers, who says “I bounced this off of a few attorney buddies. Basically the feedback I’ve received is that the advice is sound. The only other input was that before taking action #2, check with the holder of your charge card …” ATTORNEY’S ADVICEâ€”NO CHARGE Read this and make […]
ManagementSpeak: Our Vision … Translation: What I want. Alternate Translation: My guess … KJR Club member Richard Low’s vision is for business leaders to be less grandiose.
If you’re a fan of the future, it’s time to write a letter. K. A. Boriskin, a long-time correspondent, reports that there is a movement among science fiction readers to get the USPS to issue a stamp commemorating Isaac Asimov. Click here for details. Mr. Boriskin adds, “Unfortunately we’re dealing with the Postal Service here, […]
ManagementSpeak: I’m not communicating my point to you very well. Translation: You’re an idiot. Never mind. KJR Club member Tim Gibson communicated his point very well.
Mark Twain missed the big one. As he pointed out, lies, damned lies and statistics can certainly give people the wrong impression. But if you really want to convince someone that up is down, they’re flimsy tools compared to the really big deceiver: Surveys. I’m not talking about the well-understood practice of asking biased questions, […]