Archive for May, 2006
ManagementSpeak: Sounds like a computer science problem to me. Translation: I don’t have a clue if it can even be done, but because it has to do with computers, it’s your responsibility. To today’s contributor, “MDD,” the phrase sounded like a ManagementSpeak problem.
Excellence is fragile. Dumb mistakes, in contrast, are more durable than Kevlar. It’s a universal law. For evidence, look no further than Microsoft Outlook. Try this: Go to July 4th. If Independence Day isn’t already listed as a holiday, enter it as an all day event. Then click Tools/Options, the Calendar Options button, then the […]
ManagementSpeak: Correct me if I’m wrong. Translation: Let me tell you why you’re wrong. My partner Steve Nazian spotted this one, and claims I was the author. Let me tell you why he’s wrong …
I fell in love with a client’s CEO a couple of weeks ago. Platonically, that is. He’s an immensely successful entrepreneur, and we were discussing the value of his instincts for the business. “I don’t believe in instinct,” he told me. “I believe in evidence.” Which brings up the recurring subject of Sarbanes-Oxley, why so […]
“Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” — Ben Franklin
Every week I send Keep the Joint Running to an opt-in list of subscribers. Every week I get a bunch of messages back — autoreplies about travel plans, messages that were undeliverable for one reason or another, and spam managers that ask me to click to confirm it’s a legitimate e-mail. I also get returns […]
ManagementSpeak: I’m open to other ideas – there may be smarter ways to do it. Translation: I’m the smartest one in the room and there are no better ways to do it. This week’s anonymous contributor was smart enough to understand the smartest one in the room.
Consultants are attracted to Mission Statements the way flames attract moths. They always seem like such a good idea … until you get started. Almost inevitably, the roomful of people deteriorates into a squabbling mass. Some are fighting to make sure what they do is included; all argue passionately about the placement of commas and […]
ManagementSpeak: We don’t have time to hold hands and sing Kumbaya. Translation: Why would I want to hear anyone else’s opinion? I already know all the right answers. This week’s anonymous contributor knows at least one right answer.
Among the strange quirks of human psychology is this: While most people know that argument by analogy is invalid, we’re universally vulnerable to how the analogies we choose influence our thinking. For example, those describing corporations and their behavior have, among other metaphors, likened them to jungles, predators, economies, giant human beings, prosthetics, robots, factories, […]