Archive for January, 2007

ManagementSpeak, 1/29/2007

Monday, January 29th, 2007
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ManagementSpeak: I have taken all your suggestions under advisement and will keep you posted on any developments. Translation: Nothing you said has any value to me. We’ve taken KJR Club member Larry Lipman’s translation under advisement.

Non-Boolean governance

Monday, January 29th, 2007
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I first discovered the business significance of AND logic while participating in the redesign of my then-employer’s capital approval process. Among our findings: A $25,000 proposal required at least five approvals — the immediate manager, followed by the department head, division head, CFO and CEO. All had to agree — AND logic at its finest. […]

ManagementSpeak, 1/22/2007

Monday, January 22nd, 2007
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ManagementSpeak: Sounds great. Can you e-mail me the details? Translation: I must remember to add you to my spam filter’s blacklist. KJR Club member Nicky Avery e-mailed me the translation.

The mathematics of organizational dysfunction

Monday, January 22nd, 2007
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Adios, Cingular. So far as I can tell, AT&T just repurchased itself from itself for a lot of money. I’m sure that can’t really be the case, though. I just can’t handle the math. Math can be useful. It can help us understand when circumstances we don’t like are built into the fabric of the […]

ManagementSpeak, 1/15/2007

Monday, January 15th, 2007
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ManagementSpeak: I don’t want you to tell me I was right and you were wrong. I want you to tell me the problem has been solved. Translation: I want you to tell me I was right and you were wrong. KJR Club member Bob Kertesz solved this thorny translation problem.

The art of approximation

Monday, January 15th, 2007
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Okay, I admit it. It was deliberate. In last week’s column, in addition to misspelling bric-a-brac and messing up the barrels-to-pints conversation factor (it should have been 336 pints per barrel (somehow, Googling, I found the only site on the entire Internet that had it wrong) I quite intentionally ignored quite a few factors that […]

ManagementSpeak, 1/8/2007

Monday, January 8th, 2007
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ManagementSpeak: This Document is not warranted to be error-free. Translation: Lawyers run our company. KJR Club member Bryan Mullinax warrants this translation to be error-free.

Various bits and pieces

Monday, January 8th, 2007
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Ongoing issues, discussions, and brick-a-brak: Some facts: Earth’s radius = 3,950 miles. One mile = 63,360 inches. Surface area of a sphere = 4*pi*radius^2. Atmospheric pressure at ground level = ~14.5 pounds per square inch. Estimates (from various Googled sources): Human oil consumption per year = 30,660,000,000 barrels. One barrel = 252 pints. A pint’s […]

ManagementSpeak, 1/1/2007

Monday, January 1st, 2007
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ManagementSpeak: It looks good in the PowerPoint. Translation: It will be a miserable failure when put into practice. This week’s anonymous contribution works very well wherever it’s used.

Is PowerPoint intrinsically evil?

Monday, January 1st, 2007
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The usually admirable Edward Tufte, great guru of data visualization, succumbed, sad to say, to temptation. He published a well-publicized rant titled “The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint.” Like all rants it doesn’t really hold together, but since it assaults a source of shared annoyance, few who read it are likely to notice its faults. For […]

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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