Archive for September, 2007
ManagementSpeak: Lead, follow, or get out of the way. Translation: I don’t know how to lead and I’m not willing to follow. If you’re willing to lead and give me the credit, I’ll get out of your way. KJR Club member Peter Nayland Kust gets the credit for this gem.
Work hard and keep your nose clean. That’s good advice if you want a sweaty proboscis. For career advancement, hard work and an unsoiled schnoz give you a stable place to stand while you get your bearings and plan your strategy. At best. At their worst they stereotype you as cannon fodder — trustworthy, reliable, […]
ManagementSpeak: We need to develop a more cost-effective approach. Translation: We need to wait to fix the problem until someone else is in charge, so they get blamed for the budget increase. This week’s anonymous contributor didn’t want to get blamed for having a sharp ear.
And now for one of those current events columns you like so much — you know, the ones that use “lessons for IT” as a pretext for spouting off (the last for awhile, too — I promise!): Topic #1: Global Warming. If you’re interested in the politicization of global warming, read “The Truth About Denial,” […]
ManagementSpeak: Thanks to your superhuman effort we dodged a bullet. Translation: Your job is now to dodge one bullet per week. This week’s contributor asked to remain anonymous, possibly due to a need to engage in bullet-ducking.
Depending on the business expert I’m listening to and the day of the week, I know three truths: 1. Good employees who work together as a team outperform great employees who don’t. 2. Good employees with great processes outperform great employees with bad processes. 3. If an employee is irreplaceable you should immediately fire that […]
ManagementSpeak: That’s an interesting idea. Let me think about it for a while and get back to you. Translation: That’s a great idea. Let me see how I can get full credit for it. If this week’s contributor hadn’t requested anonymity I’d have given him full credit for his translation.
The Secret is a popular, and therefore self-contradictory book: If you can buy it on Amazon.com, how secret can it be? Someone who read The Secret let me in on it. It resembles the movie What the Bleep do We Know? — a new age spin on quantum physics. It starts with what by now […]