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7 Dirty IT Words: Don't Say These In The C-Suite
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KarlH
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2/27/2015 | 11:02:01 AM
Duh!
Well DUH!. I DON'T KNOW, perhaps it is because I'M JUST THE IT guy, but I NEVER have been more SURE that I CAN'T give THE BUSINESS some clear and definitive answers, that just simply make a point, when we are all overworked.

Sure - I will get that done - when pigs fly

Duh! - As if you did not know that downloading and installing that software would screw up your computer

Never - Not in a million years will I give you admin rights to your computer - See Duh!

I'm just the - No, I will not unplug the toilet, not because I'm just the IT guy, but you're an idiot. - See Never

I can't - You want me to open the CEO's email and retrieve an email you mistekenly sent? I can't and won't.

The business - I split time between IT tasks and The business, since The business peeps can't seem to handle computer related tasks without continuous guidance. Train, educate, repeat. The cycle never ends.

I don't know - Me: 'So, your computer just started getting slow and taking you to weird web pages? What did you install?' User: 'I don't know? Can you fix it?' Me: 'I don't know!'

Seems reasonable to me. ;-)
tzubair
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tzubair,
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2/27/2015 | 9:02:35 AM
Re: You could also make a list on
"the buzzwords you can say around the C-suite to get you noticed.  I had a CEO a couple of years ago who had 'cloud' on the brain.  "

@progman2000: I think the fetish with buzz words like cloud that most C-level executives have is widespread. You seem them all over the world. I think the fact that with time they get so used to speaking and hearing these words that they subconsciously end up using them without considering the fit. I also once happened to have one such boss.
tzubair
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tzubair,
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2/27/2015 | 8:49:45 AM
Re: Rules for thee but not for me
" Interesting how that works:  Rules for thee, but not for me, so sayeth the "C suite."  "

@askqn: I think that's a valid point but to be fair on the C-level executives, you can't really blame them for the usage. They are at a senior level and have a lot to look at. So if at times they're not really aware of what's happening, you cannot blame them. That's because if they indulge too much in the nitty gritties and minute details, they'll lose sight of the big picture.
tzubair
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tzubair,
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2/27/2015 | 8:45:27 AM
Re: If You Don't Know, then Find Out
"You would have to work hard for that, if only C-suite guys understood that after spending 10-12 hours in IT work, you just don't have the energy to do something innovative for yourself and you just go with the flow and hope for a raise."

@SunitaT0: I think it'd be a bit unfair to blame the guys in C-suite for not being aware of the challenges faced by the workers at lower levels. I think most of them themselves have gone through similar challenges and are able to relate to their subordinates' work routines and lifestyles. Perhaps what seems tough right now will prove to be greatly rewarding in the future.
progman2000
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progman2000,
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2/27/2015 | 8:35:01 AM
Re: Rules for thee but not for me
@Asksqn, more often than not the 'do as I say and not as I do' crowd also.
progman2000
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progman2000,
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2/27/2015 | 8:33:55 AM
Re: You could also make a list on
Yep, you're preaching to the choir @SunitaT0 - that CEO is long gone, but not before burning significant time and resources going down the wrong path.  This is what happens when CEOs are brought in from the outside and not vetted properly unfortunately - these guys love to talk and know their buzz words though.
mak63
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mak63,
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2/27/2015 | 2:07:09 AM
Re: If You Don't Know, then Find Out
@jastroff You beat me to it. If scientists are not afraid to say "I don't know", neither should the IT people.
SunitaT0
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SunitaT0,
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2/26/2015 | 9:49:51 PM
Re: If You Don't Know, then Find Out
Not to mention that it just sounds like an excuse, the verbal equivalent of sticking your fingers in your ears and humming "la la la la" when a superior asks a challenging question.


Accurately told by the author. Just dressing for the job or promotion you want isn't enough, it never was. You would have to work hard for that, if only C-suite guys understood that after spending 10-12 hours in IT work, you just don't have the energy to do something innovative for yourself and you just go with the flow and hope for a raise.
SunitaT0
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2/26/2015 | 9:44:28 PM
Re: You could also make a list on
@progman2000: I CEO who follows textbook isn't a good CEO at all. If he cannot get a hold of things, like how the company progresses on uptime, how the company fairs on downtime, if he doesn't feel such things but reads what may happen from a book, that CEO is probably not good for the company and may incur in lost projects that do not have any value, like the one your CEO did.
SunitaT0
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2/26/2015 | 9:41:43 PM
Re: If You Don't Know, then Find Out
I am just terrified of running into a management guy who is asking me questions and I am like "I can't do that, that is impossible to develop". You would never see an IT guy promising the market that their software can do something, that is managements' work. The standards of IT are in overexpecting things. That is not good.
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