Archive for October, 2006
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.
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: 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.
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: 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.
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 […]
“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
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: 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.
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 […]