Archive for September, 2009
ManagementSpeak: I’m not worried about that. We’re all pros and we can figure this out. Translation: I don’t have the slightest idea how to solve it. That’s your problem. David Reed joins the KJR Club as a result of his ability to figure out what management euphemisms really mean.
Speaking of metrics, and their limitations, here’s a biggie: You can’t measure the results of any path you didn’t take. The ramifications are enormous whether it’s public policy, business strategy, or your own day-to-day management decisions. While we don’t know, will never know, and in fact can’t know the outcome of the alternatives we didn’t […]
ManagementSpeak: We want world-class best practices, people, and processes here. Translation: We want world-class brown-nosers here. This week’s anonymous contributor is a world-class translator.
If it isn’t a miracle, it’s close. A full-page ad from General Motors displayed an appealing-looking (except for Chevy’s hokey bow-tie logo) Malibu. The ad’s tag-line: “May the best car win.” Other than its Cadillac brand, General Motors hasn’t sold the desirability of its cars in decades. It’s finally pursuing a seldom-stated business panacea: Sell […]
“Evolution is cleverer than you are.” – Leslie Orgel, Biologist
This year’s must-read business book … and by must-read I mean you must read it because every other manager is reading it … is Steven Spear’s Chasing the Rabbit (2008). Fortunately, it would be worth your time to read, even if it wasn’t a must-read book. Like Jim Collins’s Good to Great (2001) and Joyce, […]
“Government is a dog-eat-dog world, and business is just the opposite.” – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Cast your mind back to November of 2008. Unlike many political commentators I suspect your memory of the time is vivid, filled as it was with layoffs, plummeting investments, layoffs, negative profits, layoffs, the failure of huge financial institutions and layoffs. One might almost think something important went on back then.