Today’s nugget keyword, like last week, is a phrase: “Biting the hand that feeds you” or as it is usually expressed “Don’t bite that hand that feeds you.”
The Usingenglish.com free dictionary (which also includes idioms) defines this phrase as,”When someone says this to you, they are trying to tell you not to act against those on whom you depend” (click here).
One of the Microsoft story lines over the past few days has been, “Microsoft is really going to piss off their partners (e.g., Dell, HP, etc) by developing their own tablet. They are going into competition against some of their biggest and oldest clients by developing a tablet!.” I even heard on a NPR radio broadcast that “Microsoft will have hell to pay for their actions.”
This storyline and all of its associated commentary sure has the flavor of “biting the hand that feeds you.” In Microsoft’s defense, however, its not like HP, Dell or anyone other Amazon’s Kindle and to a lesser part Amazon’s Fire, have done anything to dent Apple’s stranglehold of the tablet market. If I were Dell or HP, I would be cheering them on because without Microsoft, HP, Dell and anyone without an Android OS isn’t in fastest growing marketplace in the tech industry.
Something to think about today…
Daniel M. Ladik
Associate Professor of Marketing
Seton Hall University