Archive for October, 2003

Color Lines

Thursday, October 30th, 2003

After listening to a major corporation’s quarterly telecon, and the questions being asked of the executives… I’ve noticed that almost no one ever says “tell me about this or that” anymore. Now, if you want to sound intelligent, you have to ask someone to “please provide me with some color about this or that.” Why have they turned simple questioning into a “color issue?”

Perhaps its driven by the fact that there is no way that answers will be provided in black and white… just shades of gray. So maybe by asking for “color”, they are saying “since I know you won’t tell me the truth about the subject, could you try to paint a nice picture to make it seem attractive, but not really answer my question?”

Or, maybe they are fixated on the word, and since their colleagues used it, they want to sound like they are members of the club.

Stress Release Exercise

Wednesday, October 29th, 2003

The following is suggested for those of us who live with stress. Don’t ask me how, but it does seem to work.

Just in case you’ve had a rough day, here is a stress management technique. The technique known as visualization is in all psychological texts.
The funny thing is that visualization really works:

1. Picture yourself near a stream.
2. Birds are softly chirping in the cool mountain air.
3. No one but you knows your secret place.
4. You are in total seclusion from the hectic place called “the world”.
5. The soothing sound of a gentle waterfall fills the air with a cascade of serenity.
6. The water is crystal clear.
7. You can easily make out the face of the person you’re holding underwater.
8. See! You’re smiling already

Whack-a-Mole

Tuesday, October 28th, 2003

Hey. I got an idea. How’s this approach for creative management… in an effort to reduce overhead costs, eliminate a vp position at the highest level of the org chart, and then encourage the ousted player to move down a notch to head up the only organization that they were in charge of before the hatchet-job, thereby causing the subsequently displaced director to look desperately within the organizations under their control, and identify who they wish to displace. Survival of the fittest – where “fit” describes one’s basic desire to maintain employment – regardless of whether or not they are suitable to perform the tasks which they choose to assume. Sort of an anti-peter principle – “People rise to one level higher than that to which they are able to perform, and then create havoc as they self-servingly move back down the ladder.”

Care for a Cup?

Thursday, October 23rd, 2003

The Music Has Now Stopped!

Thursday, October 23rd, 2003

PLEASE FIND A SEAT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE SO WE MAY PROCEED WITH BUSINESS. IF YOU FIND THERE IS NO CHAIR WITH YOUR NAME ON IT, FEEL FREE TO NOTIFY THE PERSON YOU THINK WILL BE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT AND CROSS YOUR FINGERS. BUT MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE A CHAIR WITH A NAME ON IT FIRST.

[We now return you to your regularly scheduled program…]

Dissipation

Tuesday, October 21st, 2003

Thank god the vision only lasted for three days.

You figure it out…

Thursday, October 16th, 2003

treccificio bolognese – produzione lacci in cotone – lacci in cuoio – solette – alzatacchi – calzanti – accessori per abbigliamento – italy – emilia romagna – modena – vignola

Vision Revealed

Friday, October 10th, 2003

The vision is now published and all of the questions remain unanswered. Continue holding your breath til the fog clears.