Archive for August, 2012
“If you can remember the ’60s, you weren’t there.” – Source unknown
In 1969, we went to the moon. Not long after, we stopped. We seemed to lose interest in the future at the same time.
“If at first you don’t succeed … so much for skydiving.” – Henny Youngman
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: 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.
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.
“A professional is a person who can do his best at a time when he doesn’t particularly feel like it.” – Alistair Cooke
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.