ManagementSpeak: He wanted a higher salary, and that wouldn’t have been fair to the rest of the team.

Translation: He wanted his pay to reflect his performance. If we started to do that, we’d have to define what we mean by “performance.”

What we mean by performance is “handy phrases with useful translations,” and this week’s anonymous contributor definitely performed.

Sometimes logic takes you places you’d rather not go.

Take, for example, the four fallacies of metrics described in the KJR Manifesto: Measuring the right things wrong, measuring the wrong things (right or wrong), failing to measure important things, and measuring employees.

I’ve been pondering the connection between fallacy #4 and the financial meltdown. It’s a pretty good connection. Fixing it, though, takes us into strange territory. Here goes: