Posts by Kazhuma (23)

Did you get your Vaccine?

Kazhuma

Just looking for some sympathy and talk about my sore arm...

Let's See What Sticks

Kazhuma

See what works. Coming from the idea of throwing pasta against the wall and see it it sticks or if it needs more cooking. But the corporate metaphor is often a call for new ideas when there is no viable plan forward or everything else has failed.

Task Force

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When things go wrong and there are no obvious solutions, a task force is assembled from people with relevant skills. They will relentlessly talk about the problem every day to underline the criticality. Most members of a task force are managers who ask all the questions, plus one subject matter expert who is providing answers while trying to get back to work and solve the actual problem.

Do more with less

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In short, be more efficient. This is typically used when budget and resource cuts put a big question mark on current targets. In order to uphold these objectives despite the challenges, you are asked to 'do more with less' or in other words, work harder.

So just to clarify

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Seeking clarification is always a good thing, but there is a good chance that it means "you made absolutely no sense". You will get instant confirmation of your deficiency if all eyes turn to you. Otherwise all those who think they 'got it' will turn to lecture the inquirer... unless he's your boss.

Pushing Boundaries

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Going beyond your limits, pushing yourself and stepping over your shadow all seem very commendable aspirations. While there are occasions where this is the intended meaning, the more common us of this term is to ask someone to commit to a goal that is not achievable due to constraints outside their control. The underlying "you're not trying hard enough" message will typically force the recipient of such a message to commit to unrealistic goals, particularly when facing senior managers.