Archive for April, 2005

ManagementSpeak, 4/25/2005

Monday, April 25th, 2005
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ManagementSpeak: What a crock! There’s no need to state the obvious flaws in your logic. Translation: I don’t like what you said, but can’t spot any obvious flaws in your logic. The ManagementSpeak came from a response to Advice Line. The translation is my own.

Don’t blink at Blink

Monday, April 25th, 2005
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Blink is a 265 page explanation of why snap judgments are superior to 265 page explanations. My snap judgment of Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (Malcolm Gladwell, 2005) was that its premise was worthless and it wasn’t worth taking the time to read. Blink! The book begins with the case of a statue […]

Great Quotations, 4/18/2005

Monday, April 18th, 2005
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“It took me 20 years to find out how to write a song in 20 minutes.” – Bart Howard, composer of, among other songs, “Fly Me to the Moon,” as quoted in Randy Cassingham’s “This is True.”

TWITS

Monday, April 18th, 2005
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It was a landslide. Not even close. The outpouring of requests for the full lyrics of Tech Weenies in the Sky (credit KJR Club member David McKay for its acronymical name, TWITS) outnumbered the nays by a ratio of nearly three-to-one. To those who would have preferred otherwise … I’m pretty sure I’m with you […]

ManagementSpeak, 4/11/2005

Monday, April 11th, 2005
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ManagementSpeak: We are proud of the team, but the project hasn’t been something that’s problem-divorced. Translation: Management may be more than somewhat reality-divorced. This week’s anonymous contributor is trying hard to be obfuscation-divorced.

The real perception of Schroedinger’s Cat

Monday, April 11th, 2005
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Take a cat and put it in a box. Add a vial of poison gas, with a valve controlled by the decay of a uranium atom. Close and lock the box. If the atom decays before some set period of time — a random event — the valve opens and the cat dies. Otherwise, it […]

ManagementSpeak, 4/4/2005

Monday, April 4th, 2005
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ManagementSpeak: Rather than thinking of this as a difficult challenge, you should look at it as an opportunity for growth. Translation: We’re giving you a project in an area where you have no education or experience, and we’re expecting you to do expert-quality work. KJR Club member Parrish Knight saw an opportunity to grow our […]

Uncertain training

Monday, April 4th, 2005
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Several readers said thanks. In response to my miniseries on identity theft, in which the second column partially contradicted the first, these kind souls appreciated my having raised the overall level of awareness on this issue. Maybe I did. But communication is defined as the delivery of information, information is defined as that which reduces […]

my photoBob Lewis is a senior management consultant with Dell Services. He has published these columns once a week in one form or another since 1996.

Disclaimer: All opinions, statements, representations, allegations, images (if published) and anything else that appears here is the sole responsibility of the author. Dell has and had nothing to do with it, other than saying it's okay to continue publishing KJR.

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