Archive for January, 2013

KJRSpeak, 1/28/2013

Monday, January 28th, 2013
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KJRSpeak: “Have we reached a concession yet?” Heard by Tom Berendt during an exercise on consensus building. Enjoy these? Send your own in. We can always use more quotables.

Managing up, part 4: A great way to build consensus

Monday, January 28th, 2013
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To bring a group to consensus, start by bringing them to consensus on how they’re going to come to consensus.
Really.

Great Quotation, 1/21/2013

Monday, January 21st, 2013
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“Discussion is an exchange of knowledge. Argument is an exchange of ignorance.” – Robert Quillen, American journalist and humorist

Managing up, part 3: Dealing with an authoritarian boss

Monday, January 21st, 2013
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Does your boss make all the decisions? Learn to live with it, because if your boss was interested in your opinion about how to make decisions, he/she’d be interested in your opinion already and you wouldn’t have to bring it up.

ManagementSpeak, 1/14/2013

Monday, January 14th, 2013
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ManagementSpeak: We value our employees and their ideas. Translation: We value our employees as long as they agree with our ideas. Thanks to long-time subscriber Sam Jackendoff for this valuable idea.

Managing up, part 2: Getting your manager past consensus

Monday, January 14th, 2013
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Some managers insist on consensus for every decision that gets made. Here’s how to handle a manager like that.

KJRSpeak 1/7/2013

Monday, January 7th, 2013
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KJRSpeak: Don’t shoot the message! Thanks to Jim Green for this fine example of what we’re looking for. Don’t be left out. Send your quotables — ones you or your friends have come up with, not something Mark Twain, Winston Churchill or Voltaire published for the ages — and make sure to tell me whether […]

The art of reverse delegation

Monday, January 7th, 2013
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Is your manager a bad delegator? Don’t complain. Don’t gnash your teeth in frustration. And above all, don’t fail at the assignment. Just delegate in reverse.

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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