Archive for August, 2005

ManagementSpeak, 8/29/2005

Monday, August 29th, 2005
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ManagementSpeak: You’re not a team player. Translation: You don’t think like I do. KJR Club members Mike Montgomery and Skip Lewis are definitely team players — they gave the team a great translation.

IT, TV and Rock ‘n Roll

Monday, August 29th, 2005
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We went to see the Rolling Stones open their A Bigger Bang tour in Boston. It put to rest an event that’s haunted me for 16 years: Walking through the halls of my then-place of employment, a friend gleefully brandished his two tickets to the Stones’ Steel Wheels concert. I nearly burst into tears — […]

ManagementSpeak, 8/22/2005

Monday, August 22nd, 2005
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ManagementSpeak: Let me evaluate your approach and get back to you. Translation: Great idea. How can I get the credit for it? I need to evaluate KJR Club member Chris Gallagher’s approach.

Dashboard reality

Monday, August 22nd, 2005
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“Would you like to see our dashboard?” Larry Robbins asked. Larry, a talented CIO, is an old friend and occasional client — several years ago I provided some assistance as he combined two IT divisions into one following a corporate “merger of equals.” He’s a very bright guy, a strong leader, and a former consultant […]

ManagementSpeak, 8/15/2005

Monday, August 15th, 2005
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ManagementSpeak: To be honest … Translation: I haven’t been honest in the past, I’m not being honest now, and I don’t expect to start any time soon. Honestly — KJR Club member Mick Pegg is responsible for this little gem.

Don’t believe everything you read

Monday, August 15th, 2005
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Ann Landers used to advise that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. This week’s example is an IT organization extolled in a recent trade press article. Among its virtues, and those of its prominently featured CIO, are 70-hour work weeks, strong coffee, and amazing focus — its staff regularly deploys […]

ManagementSpeak, 8/8/2005

Monday, August 8th, 2005
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ManagementSpeak: It’s not a big deal. Translation: It’s not a big deal for me. You’re screwed. This week’s anonymous contributor figured that if I published his name it wouldn’t be a big deal. For me.

Maybe we’re all nuts

Monday, August 8th, 2005
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Ever wonder how they sleep at night? Business executives sometimes have to let people go. Sometimes they have to lay off large numbers. There are occasions when companies have to push employees hard — to work long hours and extra days without any more pay. It happens. The future being somewhat less predictable than the […]

ManagementSpeak, 8/1/2005

Monday, August 1st, 2005
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ManagementSpeak: Man, we have really screwed up. Translation: Man, you’ve really screwed up. Alternate Translation: Man, I’ve really screwed up. This week’s anonymous contributor didn’t screw up at all.

Memo to Open Source

Monday, August 1st, 2005
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I need a favor. I don’t have an address for the Open Source Community’s corporate communications department — would you mind forwarding this to them for me? Thanks! Memorandum To: The Open Source Community From: Bob Lewis Subject: WAKE UP!!!!! I’m writing to inform you that you’re about to blow the opportunity of a lifetime. […]

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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