Archive for August, 2012

Great Quotation, 8/27/2012

Monday, August 27th, 2012
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“If you can remember the ’60s, you weren’t there.” – Source unknown

In memoriam: Neil Armstrong, August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012

Monday, August 27th, 2012
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In 1969, we went to the moon. Not long after, we stopped. We seemed to lose interest in the future at the same time.

Great Quotation, 8/20/2012

Monday, August 20th, 2012
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“If at first you don’t succeed … so much for skydiving.”  – Henny Youngman

What makes great projects? Curiosity will give you a clue.

Monday, August 20th, 2012
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No, not the character trait. The Mars rover. The Curiosity mission was successful because NASA learned from its mistakes. That isn’t an easy process, but it’s an essential one.

ManagementSpeak, 8/13/2012

Monday, August 13th, 2012
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ManagementSpeak: Be a team player. Translation: Cover the whole field by yourself. Don’t turn this week’s contributor into a “team player.” Join the team — make your own contribution to the ManagementSpeak lexicon.

Why engineers should become terrific managers, but often don’t.

Monday, August 13th, 2012
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The traits that make for the best engineers … the habit of success and the ability to design effective systems … could turn them into outstanding managers. Too bad the one backfires on so many engineers-turned-managers, while they ignore the other.

Great Quotation, 8/7/2012

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
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“A professional is a person who can do his best at a time when he doesn’t particularly feel like it.” – Alistair Cooke

Is all compensation bribery? No. Incentive compensation? Yes.

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
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If incentive compensation is a bribe, why isn’t all compensation a bribe? Answer: Incentive compensation manipulates managers and employees to do what they otherwise wouldn’t do. Just paying them? That fits a different pattern.

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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