Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Punctuation is difficult

Core values are always hard. (link here)

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  1. Not clear to me what your beef might be here? How would you punctuate differently to clarify? While see force fit to align with company name each value stated appears to have meaning and some substance related business.

    If anything the fact you do not show the "Mission" context here (except via link) makes the Vision uninterpretable since directly connected although presentation of both are a bit too long IMO. Guess I have seen or lived through too many organizations where Mission/Vision/Core Values often amounted to nice slogans to pin on wall or website without truly being integral to the culture I tend to not overly focus much attention on them so may not see what you are reacting too.

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    1. I find this to be an amusing error, doesn't really have anything to do with the organization itself.

      "No nonsense with integrity" suggests "we discard integrity."

      "No nonsense, with integrity" (which is what they wanted) means "we deliver our message simply and we are always honest."

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    2. "It's time to eat Grandma."

      "It's time to eat, Grandma."

      Commas save lives.

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    3. They probably mean "Integrity, like all good things, is best used in moderation. We can deliver results with integrity tailored to the specific needs of our client..."

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    4. Grandma would probably prefer the first sentence if you were speaking to Brad Pitt.

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    1. D: Do them
      E: Establish low rating
      E: Enfuriate them!

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  3. I thought "no nonsense with" meant the same as "we're serious about". I don't see any error here.
    (However, they are obviously trying to make it fit into the acronym, and it's somewhat inelegant.)

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    1. in management speak, "no-nonsense" means a pragmatic approach, a degree of decision-making flexibility where we won't over-insist on details, policies and procedures that aren't mission-critical to our clients. By definition, integrity is essential part of our core values. And our no-nonsense attitude helps us differentiating - we recognize that some core values move within the liquid outer core, whereas some other core values tend to gravitate more towards the center - this nuanced core value modeling helps us in real life scenarios based on specific needs of our customers, to ensure that our core values won't come into conflict one with another. As it turns out, getting business will always belong to the solid inner core.

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  4. It's an easter egg for the dedicated worker drones and english nerds who read 100% of these institutional emails and value statements. Personally, I've never been a fan of completing 100% of the video game content, or in this case, reality. I would have been tuned out after the first sentence if there was no big red mark around it.

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