Archive for April, 2010
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.
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: You’re empowered. Translation: You’re abandoned. This week’s contributor empowered himself by asking to remain anonymous.
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: 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.
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: 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.
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 […]