Archive for April, 2010

ManagementSpeak, 4/26/2010

Monday, April 26th, 2010
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ManagementSpeak: He’s all over the map. Translation: He knows how to cover the whole landscape, only I don’t want to give him credit for it. The estimable Frank Hayes provided this example of what managers say and what they really mean.

The case for decentralized control

Monday, April 26th, 2010
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Douglas Adams put five books into his Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy. KJR being a less ambitious undertaking, this will be the last installment in the Keep the Joint Running Centralization/Decentralization Trilogy. And while Arthur Dent was endangered by the Vogons … the most dangerous bureaucrats in a multidimensional universe … we’re merely trying […]

ManagementSpeak, 4/19/2010

Monday, April 19th, 2010
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ManagementSpeak: You’re empowered. Translation: You’re abandoned. This week’s contributor empowered himself by asking to remain anonymous.

The case for centralized control

Monday, April 19th, 2010
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A ship can only have one captain. A car can only have one driver. We can’t all just hold hands and sing Kumbaya — someone has to make a decision and take responsibility. In the world of metaphor, centralized control always seems to make more sense. The evidentiary world is less certain. Take, for example, […]

ManagementSpeak, 4/12/2010

Monday, April 12th, 2010
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ManagementSpeak: We appreciate you being proactive on this. Translation: Butt out. We appreciate this week’s anonymous contributor’s decision to do his civic duty by providing this excellent interpretation.

The Edison Ratio

Monday, April 12th, 2010
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Physicists should add the Edison Ratio to their list of fundamental, universal constants. Edison’s formulation for genius — 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration — is as invariant as the speed of light in a vacuum. Purveyors of business panaceas appear to have reached a different conclusion. Whatever else happens in the corporation, they […]

ManagementSpeak, 4/5/2010

Monday, April 5th, 2010
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ManagementSpeak: For the first time in a long time we are fully staffed. Translation: We canceled all of the open requisitions. I don’t know about fully staffed, but thanks to this week’s anonymous contributor, ManagementSpeak is fully translated.

Core American Virtues

Monday, April 5th, 2010
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I’m promoting a new business model: Whole Business Outsourcing (WBO). It’s the next logical step after Full Functional Outsourcing (FFO) and its successor, business process outsourcing (BPO). Here’s our value proposition: A popular means to personal wealth is to start a company, create the illusion of success, then get rid of it for a large […]

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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