Archive for November, 2008
Temporary Well Being The pond is plenteous The land is lush And having turned off the news I am for the moment mellow. With my book in one hand & my drink in the other What more could I want? But fame Better health And 10 million dollars. – Kenneth Burke, spotted on a wall […]
As Thanksgiving, out-of-town relatives, and the decades-long-in-arriving automobile manufacturers implosion all approach, this thought occurred to me: Contentment comes from wanting what you have, ambition from wanting what the other person has, and progress from wanting what nobody has. Fear? It comes from wanting to keep what you have when something threatens to take it […]
ManagementSpeak: You have a very impressive resume. Translation: You’re too old. You’re never too old to spot a bit of doubletalk.
What makes migraines worse than most other forms of intense agony is that they’re pointless. If you break an arm, it hurts because it should. You can understand it — the pain is your body’s way of saying, “DON’T MOVE THAT ARM!” Migraines, in contrast, are excruciating for no good purpose. They hurt only because […]
ManagementSpeak: This as an opportunity to expand your value to the organization, and build your career. Translation: Budget cuts prevent us from hiring the people we need, so we’re increasing your responsibilities and work load. Long-time KJR Club member Peter Bushman explains an easy way to increase your value.
Some unidentified genius recently coined the term “Tinkerbelle economics.” It’s the philosophy that says the financial markets would be healthy right now if everyone would just believe they’re healthy. Sadly, as we all just learned, wealth in the financial marketplace has to be backed by real assets or it goes away, Tinkerbelle notwithstanding. Hidden somewhere […]
ManagementSpeak: It’s not clear everyone has the same commitment to the process. Translation: It’s clear not everyone has the same commitment to the process. KJR Club member Whitham Reeve spotted this statement from Deputy Director of National Intelligence Alden Munson, and was kind enough to translate it.
We’re all economists now. We have no alternative. Whether you’re a CIO, IT manager, IT professional, business leader or just read KJR out of morbid curiosity, the economy’s future and your expectations thereof affect you profoundly. Your plans depend on your short-term and long-range (three-year) economic forecast. They will drive your career planning, investment planning, […]