Archive for April, 2008

ManagementSpeak, 4/28/2008

Monday, April 28th, 2008
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ManagementSpeak: That’s a very insightful analysis. Translation: It agrees perfectly with all of my biases. Speaking of insightful analyses, this one, from an anonymous contributor, agrees perfectly with my bias toward accurate interpretation.

A question of priority

Monday, April 28th, 2008
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I should have known better. Last week I griped about Gartner failing to give credit where due, based on the simple arithmetic of an August, 2007 Gartner press release, which said, “[Research Fellow] Jackie Fenn has been authoring the hype cycle for emerging technologies for 12 years.” For those few of you who had trouble […]

ManagementSpeak, 4/21/2008

Monday, April 21st, 2008
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ManagementSpeak: We are forming a business alliance with Company X. Translation: Company X is now in control. Get your resumes updated as fast as you can. KJR Club member Randy Godfrey formed an alliance with the forces of truth, justice and the American way with this submission.

Disrupting disruptive disruption predictions

Monday, April 21st, 2008
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Okay, now I’m mad. According to Gartner, in an August 2007 press release that just caught my attention, “[Research Fellow] Jackie Fenn has been authoring the hype cycle for emerging technologies for 12 years.” This means she published the first Gartner hype cycle in August, 1996, more or less. The Gartner hype cycle (technology trigger, […]

ManagementSpeak, 4/14/2008

Monday, April 14th, 2008
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ManagementSpeak: That can’t be done for compliance reasons. Translation: This is great! I can blame Sarbanes-Oxley for any decision I make. KJR Club member Joseph Baxter complied with KJR policy — he spotted a phrase that needed translating, sent it in, and gave permission to print his name.

Of businesses and marketplaces

Monday, April 14th, 2008
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One of the dumbest bits of political commentary in the past several years came from Jonah Goldberg. Commenting on somebody-or-other’s accusation that somebody else … somebody else Goldberg happens to like … was a hypocrite, Goldberg said, approvingly, that in order to be a hypocrite you first have to have principles. Readers of Keep the […]

ManagementSpeak, 4/7/2008

Monday, April 7th, 2008
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ManagementSpeak: In order to optimize the whole we’ll have to sub-optimize the parts. Translation: Your whole is about to be optimized. Alternative Translation: We’re going to ruin the parts. Thanks to KJR Club member Donald Welker for optimizing the art of translation.

KJR themes in the news

Monday, April 7th, 2008
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Favorite themes from Keep the Joint Running in the news: Zero Tolerance Policies: The use of process is the difference between effective management and bureaucracy. Effective managers keep the goal paramount. Processes guide action, help the organization learn, and are ignored whenever they don’t fit the situation. For bureaucrats, the process is the point. Following […]

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.

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