Archive for May, 2009
ManagementSpeak: I would like to set up a meeting with you to discuss this subject so we can put it into context. Translation: I would like to set up a meeting with you to discuss your disagreement in the context of your future position and salary. Because H. S. Lahman put a piquant phrase into […]
Ever since Samuel Johnson famously proposed that “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel,” last-refuge quotes, such as Isaac Asimov’s “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent,” have been popular. I have to follow Ambrose Bierce’s lead on this subject, though: In both cases, far from being the last refuges, they are the […]
“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
Past successes pose the greatest risk of future failure. This statement, while accurate, is hardly original, whether applied to a business or a business executive. But Adam Hartung’s Create Marketplace Disruption: How to Stay Ahead of the Competition (2008) goes far beyond this commonplace observation. Hartung details its dynamics, allowing him to recommend practical ways […]
ManagementSpeak: He operates at a strategic level, not the day-to-day work you’re involved in. Translation: He sits in his office, reading the Wall Street Journal and playing Sudoku, and will get the credit for anything you achieve. This week’s anonymous contributor is lousy at Sudoku, but excellent at spotting nonsensical phraseology.
I’d call my friend Willy Chaplin a “character” if it weren’t subtly demeaning. That wouldn’t be appropriate for a guy who, in addition to “getting” the Web before most of the rest of us (“The thirteen commandments of the World Wide Web,” Keep the Joint Running, 6/9/2008), has been at one time or another in […]
ManagementSpeak: I make it a point to buffer my employees from the burden of too many meetings outside the department. Translation: I want to be the only one who gets any exposure. I’d thank this week’s contributor by name, but she was concerned about the kind of exposure she’d have received.
Companies built from the ground up to either include a remote workforce or to consist of nothing but remote employees … in other words, virtual enterprises … can save quite a bit compared to providing cubicles. Saving quite a bit isn’t the same as free, though. Among the reasons: While the case law isn’t entirely […]