Archive for August, 2011
“If you’re not part of the problem, you’re working without supervision.” – This appeared years ago in PCPro Magazine. My old friend David Kanally called it to my attention.
If IT leadership isn’t the “toughest job in the world” … the world of business, that is … it’s pretty high in the rankings. And you thought you were just having a bad day or two. Or three. Or 365 …
ManagementSpeak: There are no problems, only opportunities. Translation: We’ll take this opportunity to fire the cause of the problem. This week’s anonymous contributor took the opportunity to squelch this long-running management cliché.
IT should provide technology leadership for the company. The two big challenges: Figuring out what this means, and doing it in a way that can turn into actual business action.
ManagementSpeak: I need you to be very proactive on this. Translation: The boss wants it, I don’t even know if it’s possible, and it’s your neck if we don’t deliver. KJR Club member Dwight Miller was as proactive as can be in bringing this ManagementSpeak to our attention.
Are your office crazies really psychopaths, or do you only notice them when they’re acting like one … and not notice some others because you like them better?
ManagementSpeak: Please take this for action by COB yesterday. Translation: I sat on this for a week and now I’m making it your problem. We sat on this for a while … until it was the perfect time to use it. Thanks to the anonymous contributor who suggested it.
Many companies have a few crazies … the movers and shakers who combine a willingness to do the outrageous with a complete lack of fear … and they need them, right up until the moment they do more harm than good.
ManagementSpeak: Have you got a minute? Translation: It’s been nice working with you. And it’s been very nice working with KJR Club inductee Mark Dattoli on this.
The debt ceiling crisis was an economic matter. How it was handled? You can learn a lot from this about what to do in your capacity as business leader … and what not to do.