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Funny Looking Kid. (ODSA). Used by medical and healthcare folk to describe an infant or newborn whose looks are unlikely to provide a passport to fame and fortune. Perhaps (aside from dark humour at work) this is a manifestation of some sort of envy, given that 'funny looking kids' often grow to be some of the loveliest people you could ever wish to meet. Where we fear and ridicule funny looking people, deep down perhaps we see in them a strength and resolve that normal looking folk don't possess, because we've never had to. (Ever read Mary Shelly's Frankenstein?...)




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God Alone Knows. Originally British First World War doctor's shorthand on a traumatised soldier's medical report for shell-shock or other nervous disorder (this prior to any official recognition of nervous condition resulting from months or years active service under fire and bombardment). Nowadays GAK serves as an incredulous reponse to any unfathomable question. See also NYDN.


Honesty, Integrity, Plain-dealing. This little acronym is a useful teaching item about management and business ethics, probity, corporate governance, and leadership, etc.. The three principles of Honesty, Integrity, and Plain-dealing were subject to considerable publicity in the 2012 aftermath of the Barclays Bank 'rate-fixing' scandal. Barclays Bank traders were found to have distorted (both for considerable corporate benefit and personal gain) crucial LIBOR (London Inter-Bank Offered Rate) and Euribor (Euro Interbank Offered Rate) reports in the run-up to the global financial crisis of 2008 and beyond, specifically 2005-2009, for which subsequently the bank was fined Â290m. The UK House of Commons (i.e., Parliamentary) Treasury Select Committee, responsible for examining and making statutory/legal recommendations on financial issues relating to state monetary affairs, called Bob Diamond, the recently departed CEO of Barclays Bank, to appear before the committee in 2012 to answer questions about the scandal. Committee member Labour MP John Mann asked Bob Diamond if he could state the three founding principles of Barclays Bank. Diamond didn't know them. Assuming the stated principles are indeed the founding ethos of Barclays Bank (established by quaker John Freame and Thomas Gould, in London, 1690) then obviously Diamond should have known them. Whatever, John Mann's question very incisively exposed not only Bob Diamond's ignorance (Diamond was able to make no informed answer at all about the bank's founding principles), but also the contrast between corporate pragmatism/fraud, versus the integrity and prudence represented by the three guiding principles of Honesty, Integrity and Plain-dealing. Incidentally Diamond resigned from his post as CEO the day before appearing in front of the committee. He had earned personally in the region of Â120m in his years as Barclays' most successful investment banker, and while he was responsible for massive growth in the bank's market position and profits, he also presided over the scandal as chief of Barclays' investment banking activities, and so was either ignorant of the fraud (according to his evidence) and therefore arguably to a degree was not a fully competent CEO, or he knew about the fraud and effectively sanctioned it, (in which case his evidence was untrue). If anyone can refer me to official confirmation that these principles - Honesty, Integrity, and Plain-dealing - were indeed Barclays Bank's early corporate motto please get in touch. Completely unconnected and rather less excitingly, HIP is a familiar acronym in the UK having represented controversially the Home Information Pack legislative requirements of the early 2000s, which placed responsibility on house-sellers to provide prospective buyers with certain information about the property, at some cost and administrative nuisance to the seller, which many argued to be unnecessarily bureaucratic and expensive. HIPs lasted a few short years before the legislation was put into reverse and information requirements were greatly reduced. Separately in marketing terminology, and more widely relevant, HIP stands for High Involvement Product. This is a term for a product which requires a high amount of thought by the customer before purchase, such as cars, holidays, pension plans, houses, etc. By definition the selling approach must be different for HIPs compared to sales situations requiring less thought, FMCGs (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) and LIPs (Low Involvement Products) for example.


Ingvar Kamprad, Elmtaryd, Agunnaryd/I Know Everything Already. Ingvar Kamprad, from a place called Elmtaryd, in Agunnaryd, Sweden, founded the IKEA retail chain. Not a lot of people know that. This has become an inspiration for lots of intriguing quiz questions. (Thanks SJ for the spelling correction). Unrelated to the IKEA retail chain, the now highly familiar IKEA 'word' is also interpreted amusingly as a backronym to mean I Know Everything Already, which offers wide and varied application to situations and people involving arrogance, decision-making, complacence, lack of consultation, political leadership, etc.


Management By Walking Around/Wandering About. (Or variations of these words.) Depending on who is doing the walking about and whether you are in the vicinity this could be either a good thing or a bad thing. If you are a manager and like to manage by walking about make sure you do it with humility and genuine interest. Better still why not actually do the job on the factory floor for a week and you'll really find out what's going on. (Thanks Tom Calvert for pointing out this omission.) See also IOWA. The term MBWA is generally acknowledged to have been coined by Tom Peters (In Search Of Excellence, 1982), but the MBWA style, and its extended variant MBWAL, were part of a new management ideology which seems to have been first pioneered by a few bright American companies as far back as the 1940s (eg Varian Associates, the healthcare company), along with Management By Objectives and Open Door Management. The style was later adopted and further evangelised from the late 1950s onwards by David Packard and William Hewlett, the founders of Hewlett Packard (who seem to have learned it from working at some stage with Edward Ginzton of Varian). This modern approach is also known as Silicon Valley Management - SVM - because that's the location of the first companies who used it, and where its effectiveness was first proven. The SVM style, and its contemporary variations, now a mainstay of recently successful big organizations like Cisco and Sun, is also indirectly referred to as the 'HP Way'.


The North Atlantic Treaty - Washington D.C. - 4 April 1949 The Parties to this Treaty reaffirm their faith in the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and their desire to live in peace with all peoples and all governments. They are determined to safeguard the freedom, common heritage and civilisation of their peoples, founded on the principles of democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law. They seek to promote stability and well-being in the North Atlantic area. They are resolved to unite their efforts for collective defence and for the preservation of peace and security. They therefore agree to this North Atlantic Treaty : Article 1 The Parties undertake, as set forth in the Charter of the United Nations, to settle any international dispute in which they may be involved by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security and justice are not endangered, and to refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force in any manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations. Article 2 The Parties will contribute toward the further development of peaceful and friendly international relations by strengthening their free institutions, by bringing about a better understanding of the principles upon which these institutions are founded, and by promoting conditions of stability and well-being. They will seek to eliminate conflict in their international economic policies and will encourage economic collaboration between any or all of them. Article 3 In order more effectively to achieve the objectives of this Treaty, the Parties, separately and jointly, by means of continuous and effective self-help and mutual aid, will maintain and develop their individual and collective capacity to resist armed attack. Article 4 The Parties will consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the Parties is threatened. Article 5 The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area. Any such armed attack and all measures taken as a result thereof shall immediately be reported to the Security Council. Such measures shall be terminated when the Security Council has taken the measures necessary to restore and maintain international peace and security . Article 6 (1) For the purpose of Article 5, an armed attack on one or more of the Parties is deemed to include an armed attack: on the territory of any of the Parties in Europe or North America, on the Algerian Departments of France (2), on the territory of or on the Islands under the jurisdiction of any of the Parties in the North Atlantic area north of the Tropic of Cancer; on the forces, vessels, or aircraft of any of the Parties, when in or over these territories or any other area in Europe in which occupation forces of any of the Parties were stationed on the date when the Treaty entered into force or the Mediterranean Sea or the North Atlantic area north of the Tropic of Cancer. Article 7 This Treaty does not affect, and shall not be interpreted as affecting in any way the rights and obligations under the Charter of the Parties which are members of the United Nations, or the primary responsibility of the Security Council for the maintenance of international peace and security. Article 8 Each Party declares that none of the international engagements now in force between it and any other of the Parties or any third State is in conflict with the provisions of this Treaty, and undertakes not to enter into any international engagement in conflict with this Treaty. Article 9 The Parties hereby establish a Council, on which each of them shall be represented, to consider matters concerning the implementation of this Treaty. The Council shall be so organised as to be able to meet promptly at any time. The Council shall set up such subsidiary bodies as may be necessary; in particular it shall establish immediately a defence committee which shall recommend measures for the implementation of Articles 3 and 5. Article 10 The Parties may, by unanimous agreement, invite any other European State in a position to further the principles of this Treaty and to contribute to the security of the North Atlantic area to accede to this Treaty. Any State so invited may become a Party to the Treaty by depositing its instrument of accession with the Government of the United States of America. The Government of the United States of America will inform each of the Parties of the deposit of each such instrument of accession. Article 11 This Treaty shall be ratified and its provisions carried out by the Parties in accordance with their respective constitutional processes. The instruments of ratification shall be deposited as soon as possible with the Government of the United States of America, which will notify all the other signatories of each deposit. The Treaty shall enter into force between the States which have ratified it as soon as the ratifications of the majority of the signatories, including the ratifications of Belgium, Canada, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States, have been deposited and shall come into effect with respect to other States on the date of the deposit of their ratifications. (3) Article 12 After the Treaty has been in force for ten years, or at any time thereafter, the Parties shall, if any of them so requests, consult together for the purpose of reviewing the Treaty, having regard for the factors then affecting peace and security in the North Atlantic area, including the development of universal as well as regional arrangements under the Charter of the United Nations for the maintenance of international peace and security. Article 13 After the Treaty has been in force for twenty years, any Party may cease to be a Party one year after its notice of denunciation has been given to the Government of the United States of America, which will inform the Governments of the other Parties of the deposit of each notice of denunciation. Article 14 This Treaty, of which the English and French texts are equally authentic, shall be deposited in the archives of the Government of the United States of America. Duly certified copies will be transmitted by that Government to the Governments of other signatories. The definition of the territories to which Article 5 applies was revised by Article 2 of the Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty on the accession of Greece and Turkey signed on 22 October 1951. On January 16, 1963, the North Atlantic Council noted that insofar as the former Algerian Departments of France were concerned, the relevant clauses of this Treaty had become inapplicable as from July 3, 1962. The Treaty came into force on 24 August 1949, after the deposition of the ratifications of all signatory states. (As at May 2008 - see www.nato.int for the whole shooting match, so to speak.)


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