Archive for November, 2008

Great Quotations, 11/24/2008

Monday, November 24th, 2008
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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 […]

Random thoughts

Monday, November 24th, 2008
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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, 11/17/2008

Monday, November 17th, 2008
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ManagementSpeak: You have a very impressive resume. Translation: You’re too old. You’re never too old to spot a bit of doubletalk.

A time for self-interested planning

Monday, November 17th, 2008
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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, 11/10/2008

Monday, November 10th, 2008
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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.

Hard choices

Monday, November 10th, 2008
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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, 11/3/2008

Monday, November 3rd, 2008
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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.

Forecasting for fun and profit

Monday, November 3rd, 2008
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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, […]

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.

Disclaimer: All opinions, statements, representations, allegations, images (if published) and anything else that appears here is the sole responsibility of the author. Dell has and had nothing to do with it, other than saying it's okay to continue publishing KJR.

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