Archive for November, 2007
ManagementSpeak: I wish you would have let me know that you were going down this trail. As a result I have wasted a lot of time and effort. Translation: I’m mad as a hornet because you thought of this first. KJR Club member Doug Coil thought of this first. Hope you aren’t mad.
Last week’s column set some readers’ teeth on edge (“Why Johnny Corporation can’t learn,” Keep the Joint Running, 11/19/2007). The issue was its negative tone. The column explained why corporations rarely learn from their mistakes and even more rarely learn from their successes. “Don’t bring us problems — bring us solutions,” was the gist of […]
ManagementSpeak: I get the big bucks because I’ve got the brains. Translation: I’m clever enough not to let on I don’t know what I’m doing, and to blame you when I screw up. KJR Club member David Brandt gets only big satisfaction for this contribution.
Learn from your mistakes. It’s barely adequate advice. You can fail in a thousand ways. Learn from one and, like bottles of beer on a wall, you still have 999 left. Compare that to what you can discover from success. Learning how to avoid one route to failure leaves you many ways to fail again. […]
“Today, everyone is a genius but nobody can draw a hand.” — Marc Chagall
Apple creates brilliant user interfaces. Macs are much cooler than Windows PCs. If OS/X is a Lexus, Windows is a Chevy Lumina. (Linux on the desktop, is, by extension, an AMC Pacer.) The iPhone is so cool most people think it does something my Treo doesn’t, although they aren’t sure exactly what. So why can’t […]
ManagementSpeak: You need to display a sense of urgency. Translation: You aren’t running around with your hair on fire. Alternate translation (and perspective): Stop falling asleep at your desk. Reader L.T. is putting an increased sense of urgency into looking for a less chaotic place to apply his skills.
Take everything you think you know about employee compensation. Put it all aside (other than the last two editions of Keep the Joint Running). Read two books: Robert Austin’s Measuring and Managing Performance in Organizations and Alfie Kohn’s Punished by Rewards. You’ll realize that the two assumptions on which most modern compensation systems are built […]