Archive for October, 2006

ManagementSpeak, 10/30/2006

Monday, October 30th, 2006
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ManagementSpeak: You don’t know the history of this. Translation: You aren’t choosing sides. This week’s anonymous contributor chose to be on our side.

On the verge of collapse

Monday, October 30th, 2006
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Jared Diamond’s Collapse: How societies choose to fail or succeed is arguably the most important book of the decade. Also the most depressing. It’s about the factors that caused five past societies to collapse (hence the title) and their application to modern societies, including our own. His account avoids both the facile (because people are […]

ManagementSpeak, 10/23/2006

Monday, October 23rd, 2006
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ManagementSpeak: Let’s get realistic now. Translation: I have a much smaller number in mind, and I’m not telling you what it is. Today’s anonymous contributor was able to guess the number: Zero.

Playing stupid games to win … or at least to not lose

Monday, October 23rd, 2006
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Some days you get to be a grand visionary. This being October, you’re more likely to be busy preparing your budget. Budgeting is a problem. It’s a time-consuming, annoying, expensive process, almost always implemented as stupid game-playing (the game is Pin the Tail on the Donkey), and the only thing worse is not doing it. […]

ManagementSpeak, 10/16/2006

Monday, October 16th, 2006
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ManagementSpeak: Let me know if there’s anything I can do. Translation: There’s nothing I can do. KJR Club member David B. Libby knew what he could do — provide a superior translation.

Current events

Monday, October 16th, 2006
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Don’t worry. This isn’t a partisan political column, nor is it irrelevant to your corporate role. We’ll get there — be patient. You can learn a lot from current events if you know where to look. For example: Let’s imagine you’re disturbed by current events. Perhaps you’re reacting to the recently passed laws allowing “harsh […]

Great Quotations, 10/9/2006

Monday, October 9th, 2006
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“There comes a time in the affairs of a man when he has to take the bull by the tail and face the situation.” – W. C. Fields, Tillie and Gus

Time for architecture planning

Monday, October 9th, 2006
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Ford is the new Borland. For years, the trade press never printed “Borland” without the prefix “troubled tool-maker.” Nowadays it’s always “troubled auto-maker Ford.” The business punditocracy has offered plenty of suggestions for Ford. Conspicuous by its absence is, “Build cars people want to buy.” And we consultants wonder why we aren’t held in higher […]

ManagementSpeak, 10/7/2006

Saturday, October 7th, 2006
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ManagementSpeak: Incrementalism is not the answer. Translation: I’m not going to be here next year so let’s go for everything at once. KJR Club member Bryan Mullinax’s translation is, in contrast, an excellent answer.

Please release me

Saturday, October 7th, 2006
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The longest journey might begin with but a single step. It will have a lot more of them than a short journey, though, and your feet will feel a lot more sore when you’ve finished it. Robert Otwell made this point well, explaining: I have worked on two multi-year projects (federal government customers — no […]

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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