Archive for June, 2010

ManagementSpeak 6/28/2010

Monday, June 28th, 2010
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ManagementSpeak: You can’t force change. Translation: But it sure is easy to prevent it. KJR Club member Joseph Baxter would like to force a change in management vocabulary.

Preventing strongly held opinions

Monday, June 28th, 2010
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Today’s KJR is “Based on a True Story.” Which, if I worked in the movie industry, would mean it’s a work of complete fiction. Congress should form a regulatory agency to evaluate all claims of true-story-ness. It could provide a rating system, ranging from VA-90 (Verified 90+% accurate) to AP-10 (the names of fewer than […]

ManagementSpeak, 6/21/2010

Monday, June 21st, 2010
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ManagementSpeak: We need to revisit our implementation strategy. Translation: I want a way to blame all failures on end-users and contractors, absolving myself of any responsibility. KJR Club member Harry Ebbeson knows what implementation strategies look like once you get past the Executive Summary.

A good leadership lesson from very bad leadership

Monday, June 21st, 2010
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BP’s new strategy: Tony Hayward isn’t gone, but they’re hoping he will be forgotten. Chairman of the board Carl-Henric Svanberg decided Hayward shouldn’t be turned into one of the small people just yet, because his primary sin was his impact on BP’s image. Which tells me neither Hayward nor Svanberg has spent much time shopping […]

ManagementSpeak, 6/14/2010

Monday, June 14th, 2010
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ManagementSpeak: That’s unacceptable! Translation: You may have done your best, and we have no clue how to do better, but you’re next in line for keel-hauling. The contribution from this week’s anonymous contributor was more than acceptable.

The fifth response to risk

Monday, June 14th, 2010
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We need to add a response. The risk management profession lists four ways to deal with risk. There’s: Prevention (which can mean reducing the odds of an occurrence as well as eliminating them) … Mitigation, limiting the damage that occurs should the risk turn into reality … Insurance, spreading the cost of any damage that […]

Great Quotations, 6/7/2010

Monday, June 7th, 2010
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“In plain English, he’s a schlepper.” – My good friend Manny Steigman

How to be the smartest person in the room

Monday, June 7th, 2010
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I’ve always wanted to be too smart for my own good. Regrettably, I usually have the opposite problem. Especially when the subject is investing. Correspondent Scott Winger suggests that as problems go, this isn’t much of one (the failing to be too smart for one’s own good part, that is, not the investing part). He […]

ManagementSpeak, 5/31/2010

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010
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ManagementSpeak: Is this the hill you want to die on? Translation: Reasonable arguments are meaningless as long as I have the power to get you fired. KJR Club member Rob Pawlikowski also shared his response: “I don’t know. Is this the hill you want to kill me on?”

Business Relationship Management

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010
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It appeared in Forbes, it was about how to run IT better, and it was fatuously patronizing. For a change of pace, it didn’t come from superficially informed business pundits who assume their general-purpose insights qualify them to offer up brilliant ideas for us we’d otherwise never have thought of. The article (called to my […]

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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