Archive for March, 2007
ManagementSpeak: Trust me on this. Translation: I’m making this up. But we can trust KJR Club member Whitham Reeve when he translates this week’s phrase.
Dot one: Accenture, according to a recent article has taken the position that, as the title says, “SOA key to survival for businesses — Adoption will make you stronger and faster, expert says,” (Emmet Ryan, The Register, 3/15/2007). In it, Accenture’s David Nichols pulls no punches. His prediction: “Companies that evolve to this [SOA] will […]
ManagementSpeak: Speak candidly – I have an open door policy. Translation: Speak carefully – say the wrong thing and the door that will be open for you is the exit. The door is always open for contributors like KJR Club member John Pfeifer, who demonstrates an acute ear.
“Why are you picking on Ford?” Several readers wanted to know what I have against the struggling car maker. I have nothing against Ford. It simply provides some useful lessons in how not to lead an organization, and in how empty so much conventional wisdom is about how business leaders should run a large enterprise. […]
ManagementSpeak: We need you to be a self starter. Translation: We don’t have any effective management here. We do, however, have an effective translator: KJR Club member Rand Fazar
The usually estimable Economist has adopted an editorial stance toward corporate governance best described as peculiar. It goes like this: The compensation paid to CEOs — in many cases more than Samoa’s gross domestic product — isn’t, as it might appear, bloated. Instead it correlates well with company performance. And anyway, it’s justified by the […]
ManagementSpeak: I’ll get back to you on that. Translation: I’ll get back to you on that when hell freezes over. KJR Club member Dave Wolanski didn’t wait that long to provide this excellent example of management misdirection.
Correspondent Geoff Hazel provided the following: Subject: Vehicle_sales_advertising You have had a series of web ads promoting some focus groups and reorganizations at Ford. “We’re really gonna get it right, now” is the theme I’m getting from these, an attempt to recapture interest. Listen, you’re wasting your money on these ads. Don’t say you’re GONNA […]