Archive for June, 2012

ManagementSpeak, 6/25/2012

Monday, June 25th, 2012
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ManagementSpeak: You’ve got a bright future at this organization. Translation: Assuming, of course, that by “great future” you mean every day will be exactly like today. This week’s contributor has a great future as a translator.

What makes work easy

Monday, June 25th, 2012
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Just about every job is easy, right up until it’s your job. Then it’s hard, and deeply complicated. How can people avoid falling into this trap? Maybe if they had time for a hobby, they’d be able to keep a better perspective.

ManagementSpeak, 6/18/2012

Monday, June 18th, 2012
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ManagementSpeak: We understand that this has not been as successful a transition as we planned. Translation: What do you want? We fired a guy and redesigned the org chart, but I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. Everyone knows, employees just naturally resist change. Long-time reader “L.T.” appreciates a manager’s ability to keep “on message” when […]

When providing technology leadership, don’t push it

Monday, June 18th, 2012
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One of IT’s critical roles is to provide technology leadership to the business. That takes more than just vision. It takes more than knowing the current hot industry trends. It takes understanding your company, its idiosyncrasies, and its place in the world.

Great Quotation, 6/11/2012

Monday, June 11th, 2012
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“Vegetarian – an old Indian word meaning ‘lousy hunter.’” – Andy Rooney

What to do about tribalism

Monday, June 11th, 2012
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Humans are tribal. You can’t change that about yourself. You can consciously decide which tribes you belong to, though, and that’s almost as good.

ManagementSpeak, 6/4/2012

Monday, June 4th, 2012
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ManagementSpeak: There are exceptional IT professionals pounding the pavement right now, waiting to be found. Translation: And a lot of companies won’t hire them because they have some gray hair. I don’t know why they’re complaining, though. At least they have hair.

Recruiting enters the sixth dimension

Monday, June 4th, 2012
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One reason recruiting is such a mess is that internal recruiting has made bad assumptions about what matters. If it understood the six dimensions of optimization, it could fix this.

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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