Archive for December, 2008
“In heaven an angel is nobody in particular.” – George Bernard Shaw
What I’ve learned, and sometimes remember: You can say anything you want to anyone you want, but you can’t say it any way you want. No matter how hard the message is, there’s a way to say it that makes it possible for the listener to hear it. No matter how many times I remind […]
He went into the jungle/Where all the monkeys throw nuts/If I stay here I’ll go nuts/Hooray hooray hooray!– “Hurray for Captain Spaulding,” from Animal Crackers, starring the Marx Brothers; lyrics and music by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby
The Big Three automobile makers’ CEOs drove to last week’s Congressional hearings — an improvement, I suppose, over flying in separate corporate jets. Ford made a credible case, and while giving the guy credit is painful given my past criticism of his compensation (“Fix Or Repair Daily,” KJR, 3/12/2007), Ford’s CEO, Alan Mullaly apparently took […]
ManagementSpeak: I am doing this for the good of the company.Translation: This is going to be very, very painful for you.This week, an anonymous benefactor provided this translation for the good of us all.
I’m told improv is for more than just would-be comics. It’s for anyone who has to think on their feet, engage in repartee, or even just handle themselves well in social situations. Two of the rules of improv are to never disagree and never say something that brings things to a halt. So, if someone […]
ManagementSpeak: I know just enough to be dangerous. Translation: I donâ€™t know anything about it, but will make your life miserable by making decisions as if I did. KJR Club member Bryan Riddle knows more than enough to translate this popular expression.
Sometimes the news catches up. In “Surgery vs injury,” (Keep the Joint Running, 10/13/2008) I warned against the “AIG mistake,” saying, “The bash AIG threw for its top salespeople was a rounding error given its size. The tone choices like this set, though, rationalize a thousand more decisions to be lavish.” It appears this country’s […]