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Unauthorized Dwellings 18



Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 20, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Business, Family, Unauthorized Dwellings

Maxims of Management, A to Z

Excerpted from Management? It’s NOT What You THINK! by Henry Mintzberg, Bruce Ahlstrand, and Joseph Lampel. Read the full list at tlnt.com.

Acheson’s Rule of the Bureaucracy: A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.

Berra’s Law: You can observe a lot just by watching.

Dave’s Law of Advice: Those with the best advice offer no advice.

Dow’s Law: In a hierarchical organization, the higher the level, the greater the confusion.

Epstein’s Law: If you think the problem is bad now, just wait until we’ve solved it.

Grossman’s Misquote: Complex problems have simple, easy to understand wrong answers.

Hendrickson’s Law: If a problem causes many meetings, the meetings eventually become more important than the problem.

Hofstadter’s Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.

Kettering’s Laws: If you want to kill any idea in the world today, get a committee working on it.

Maugham’s Thought: Only a mediocre person is always at his best.

McGovern’s Law: The longer the title, the less important the job.

Parkinson’s First Law: Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.

Peter Principle: In every hierarchy, whether it be government or business, each employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence; every post tends to be filled by an employee incompetent to execute its duties.

Wolf ’s Law (An Optimistic View of a Pessimistic World): It isn’t that things will necessarily go wrong (Murphy’s Law), but rather that they will take so much more time and effort than you think if they are not to go wrong.

Zimmerman’s Law of Complaints: Nobody notices when things go right.

Zusmann’s Rule: A successful symposium depends on the ratio of meeting to eating.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jul 16, 2021 - Comments (3)
Category: Business

Follies of the Madmen #511

Entice customers by showing something disgusting.



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jul 03, 2021 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Food, Twentieth Century, Nausea, Revulsion and Disgust

Dirty Toilets Prompt Relocation

This is like the old joke about selling your car when the ashtrays get full.




Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 27, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Architecture, Business, Advertising, Hygiene, Twentieth Century

Follies of the Madmen #510

What's the point of using even a drawing of a pretty woman in your ad if you hide her face?



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 25, 2021 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Sex Symbols, 1950s

Follies of the Madmen #509

Was this ever such a drastic problem, or one of those made-up Madison Avenue problems?

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jun 15, 2021 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Hygiene, 1930s, Teeth

Follies of the Madmen #507

Lecherous donut wants new franchisers.





Posted By: Paul - Tue May 18, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Food, 1950s

Evian Water Bra

Brand-Extension Failure: Evian released a "water bra" in 2005, apparently because they thought their association with bottled water could persuade women to buy water-filled bras. The idea was that water-filled bras would be cooling. As far as I can tell, the product was discontinued soon after being introduced.

More info: impactlab.com

Posted By: Alex - Thu May 13, 2021 - Comments (6)
Category: Business, Underwear

Follies of the Madmen #506

Not sure how a cigar-smoking toddler promotes coffee...


Posted By: Paul - Tue May 04, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Tobacco and Smoking, Children, Coffee and other Legal Stimulants, Nineteenth Century

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