Archive for July, 2010

ManagementSpeak, 7/26/2010

Monday, July 26th, 2010
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ManagementSpeak: You have to LOVE this job to do it. Translation: Don’t expect pay commensurate with your level of effort. We can’t pay KJR Club member Richard Adams for his contribution, but do appreciate his level of effort … and its quality.

How business leaders use the news

Monday, July 26th, 2010
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Balance, it appears, is the new political incorrectness. Unsubscribes peaked following last week’s satire that drew parallels between voter outrage and how bad bosses have treated people over the years. It was clear many would have had no problem with the subject matter had I validated their outrage instead. Now don’t go away … this […]

ManagementSpeak, 7/19/2010

Monday, July 19th, 2010
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ManagementSpeak: We’re sending you to Manila for training. Translation: We’ve outsourced your job and are sending you to train your replacement. This week’s international offering comes from “… a contributor who offers something spicy from Hungary that isn’t paprika.”

Misdirected anger

Monday, July 19th, 2010
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Why is everyone shouting at each other these days? I think I know why: It’s nothing more than pent up resentment over how bad managers have treated people for decades. We can’t get back at the managers, so we’re redirecting the anger. For example: Assigning blame Ever have a boss who, when something went wrong, […]

ManagementSpeak, 7/12/2010

Monday, July 12th, 2010
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ManagementSpeak: We plan to divest two units within our business area. These are both solid businesses with good growth prospects, but their growth and ultimate long-term value are currently being constrained by their affiliation with us. Translation: Their growth prospects suck, and they’ve been a drain on our bottom lines. Lockheed Martin Chairman & CEO […]

A $575 trillion lesson in IT governance

Monday, July 12th, 2010
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Are we serious? Total global wealth stands at $125 trillion, more or less. The total world market for financial derivatives stands at $700 trillion. Does anyone else see something terribly wrong with this picture? I’m hesitant to form a Strongly Held Opinion about complex matters I only dimly understand. So it’s with some trepidation that […]

Managementspeak, 7/5/2010

Monday, July 5th, 2010
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ManagementSpeak: I want to hear your input and thoughts to help the business prosper. Translation: I want to hear your input and thoughts, so long as they’re exactly like mine. This week’s contributor provided the inputs and thoughts we want to hear.

IT management’s patriotic duty

Monday, July 5th, 2010
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It’s time for a few I-told-you-so’s (ITYS), some industry commentary, public policy ramblings, and just enough connection to IT leadership to justify the rest. ITYS #1: In his Fatal Exception blog, InfoWorld’s Neil McAllister asks, “Is the SaaS experiment finally over?” (7/1/2010). Citing Gartner, which elsewhere continues to cheerlead Software as a Service, he points […]

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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