Archive for January, 2010

ManagementSpeak, 1/25/2010

Monday, January 25th, 2010
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ManagementSpeak: More later. Translation: I don’t consider you worthy of the conversation in the first place, and I have no intention of carrying it on with you in the future. Paul Novelli joins the KJR Club with this worthy translation.

Debatable propositions

Monday, January 25th, 2010
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A good debater, I’m told, can successfully argue either side of an issue. I’ve also been told, mostly by debaters, that this is desirable … that learning to debate is an excellent way to create fair-minded citizens. Being debaters, they do an excellent job of making this case. Ironically, they do not seem able to […]

ManagementSpeak, 1/18/2010

Monday, January 18th, 2010
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ManagementSpeak: All good ideas degenerate into work. Translation: Unless you would like to do the work, please keep your bright ideas to yourself. This week’s anonymous contributor shared his bright idea with us.

A Cloud in time

Monday, January 18th, 2010
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Gartner predicts: By 2012, 20% of all companies will have no IT assets of their own – it will all be in the Cloud. Bob predicts: “Tphthththtt!”

Great Quotations, 1/11/2010

Monday, January 11th, 2010
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“Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.” – Oscar Wilde And thanks to Jack Kastorff for including this in this year’s Lessons from Life calendar (jack.kastorff@comcast.net).

More for your book list

Monday, January 11th, 2010
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Consider Burj Khalifa. It’s widely understood to be a triumph of architecture and engineering, for the most part due to its height and beauty. I think so too, although I know nothing important about it. If I had an office on the 157th floor that was too warm or cold, the facilities manager might or […]

ManagementSpeak, 1/4/2010

Monday, January 4th, 2010
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ManagementSpeak: Now what would that look like in our environment? Translation: It’s the right thing to do, but it’s much better for my career to avoid standing out. Alan Earnshaw shows what this phrase looks like in the KJR Club environment.

Creating wealth for fun and profit

Monday, January 4th, 2010
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Over the past decade, employment growth netted zero. Personal assets actually declined. For middle-income families, so did wages. (Source: “A Decade of Zeroes,” Dirk van Dijk of Zacks Investment Research, 1/4/2010.) It appears our national economic experiment of attempting to build an economy on finance, services, and information, leaving such trivialities as manufacturing to other […]

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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