Archive for July, 2012
ManagementSpeak: We need an action list on this project. Translation: We need some action on this project. Alternate translation: You really should have thought about planning this project. This week’s contributor must be a project manager—he had a Plan B.
No matter how small the project you’ve been assigned to lead, take the time to plan it. Either way, you might find it isn’t as small as you thought. If you don’t plan it, you’ll find out way too late.
“A man’s got to know his limitations.” – Dirty Harry, Magnum Force (1973)
Want to know where many of the worst management theories of the past few decades have come from? Economics — a field that has no bearing on the subject, which doesn’t stop many economists from bearing down on it.
ManagementSpeak: Just wanted to let you know that I have decided to go ahead and transition the work that you are doing to another office… Translation: You’re fired! So far as I know, nobody has ever been fired for submitting a ManagementSpeak. Don’t be shy. We need your eyes and ears.
Many cloud implementations make no business sense. And yet, business managers go to the cloud on their own anyway. Why? Because IT has done a lousy job of explaining why not.
ManagementSpeak: We’ll just have to manage the transition. Translation: Everybody is going to hate this, and for good reason. Alternative Translation: I have no idea how we’re going to get to the other side of this. Everyone might hate the transition, but KJR’s subscribers will love the translation.
You can learn a lot from Best Buy’s widely heralded marriage to and quiet divorce from Accenture. You just need to look at it from the right angle.
ManagementSpeak: We’re taking your proposal to the board this week. Translation: There’s no way they’ll approve it, but maybe they’ll approve my pet project instead. Or not, but the KJR board overwhelmingly approved this translation.
Companies sometimes offer “retention bonuses” to key staff members, to make sure they don’t leave for better opportunities. Do they make sense? Sometimes. Are they anything more than a bribe? Of course not.