Archive for November, 2006

ManagementSpeak, 11/27/2006

Monday, November 27th, 2006
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ManagementSpeak: Could you put that in writing for me? Translation: No. This week’s anonymous contributor points out the value of the written word.

Sounding smarter

Monday, November 27th, 2006
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Most business writing is bloated, boring, and pointless. It doesn’t have to be this way. Here’s a grab-bag of mostly easy techniques that can help poor writers improve. Avoid the passive voice. Of all the egregious sins of business writing, the passive voice is the most pervasive, and the most damaging. Sentences like, “A project […]

ManagementSpeak, 11/20/2006

Monday, November 20th, 2006
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ManagementSpeak: We need to communicate better. Translation: You need to use smaller words. This week’s anonymous contributor communicates just fine.

Apologies, confessions, and critiques

Monday, November 20th, 2006
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Flotsam and jetsam: I owe Dan Quayle an apology. While he said any number of strange things during his career as vice president, he didn’t say, “It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.” In my defense, I didn’t get the quote off the […]

Great Quotations, 11/13/2006

Monday, November 13th, 2006
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“It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.” – former Vice President Dan Quayle

Sustainable IT

Monday, November 13th, 2006
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The Anasazi of Chaco Canyon thrived for a thousand years. Their economy depended on wood harvested from the extensive forests that grew in the canyon and the surrounding hillsides. The population grew, they cleared, first the local forests, then an expanding radius. The soil, without trees to hold it in place, eroded. Chaco Canyon became […]

ManagementSpeak, 11/6/2006

Monday, November 6th, 2006
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ManagementSpeak: We want to celebrate our success. Translation: Keep the band playing to distract the passengers. I hope you aren’t distracted by this week’s translation.

Collapsible business lessons

Monday, November 6th, 2006
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Jared Diamond’s brilliant Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed analyzes five ancient societies that imploded horribly, attempting to find insights useful for the modern, increasingly interconnected world. Diamond identified five factors that lead to collapse. Always, the unsustainable overuse of environmental resources was one, and the society’s failure to appropriately respond to early […]

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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