Archive for July, 2012

ManagementSpeak, 7/30/2012

Monday, July 30th, 2012
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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.

Projects are never too small to plan

Monday, July 30th, 2012
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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.

Great Quotation, 7/23/2012

Monday, July 23rd, 2012
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“A man’s got to know his limitations.” – Dirty Harry, Magnum Force (1973)

Economics: A field with no useful advice for business managers

Monday, July 23rd, 2012
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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, 7/16/2012

Monday, July 16th, 2012
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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.

Why “the business” bypasses IT

Monday, July 16th, 2012
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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, 7/9/2012

Monday, July 9th, 2012
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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.

Lessons from a failed outsource

Monday, July 9th, 2012
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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, 7/2/2012

Monday, July 2nd, 2012
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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.

Do retention bribes make sense?

Monday, July 2nd, 2012
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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.

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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