Ariens: the real deal

Some years ago, when I was working at General Mills headquarters in Minneapolis, I began a new project and had as a Sourcing Department team member a young man named Nick Ariens. At dinner during our first project business trip, I asked him if he was related to THE Arienses, of mower and snowblower fame, […]

A hometown manufacturing success story

To those who poo-poo the notion of a manufacturing renaissance in the USA, I give you Bob Jacquart and the Stormy Kromer. Bob’s dad ran the tiny little local fabric and sewing shop in my hometown of Ironwood, Michigan. Bob took it over many years ago and steadily expanded it into a full-fledged sewing factory. […]

Hamdi Ulukaya, my new hero

As a former Yoplait guy, I find it a bit strange to have such a liking for someone who beat the snot out of us. Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and CEO of Chobani yogurt, did just that – to upstart peers like Fage and industry giants like my erstwhile employer and Dannon alike. Earlier this year Chobani […]

Left-Wing Executives + Politics = Nitwittery

Left-wing executives are increasingly making their businesses a vehicle for their personal politics. This is bad business and poor leadership.

Be prepared

I’m not sure why this story from four years ago is still rattling loudly around in my mind. It’s probably because I have two sons about the same ages as the boys in this tragedy, and we spend a fair amount of time in the woods ourselves. It’s an awful story. There are lots of things out there that can […]

Hate breeds hate

I posted a comment regarding immigration in response to a recent LinkedIn article, the meat of which is this: I’m willing to bet that most people would agree that well-integrated migrants can be a boon. Unfortunately, we now have to overcome a justifiable anger resulting from the long years of contempt our elites have shown […]

This is probably much more effective at retaining customers than anything the Columbia Record Club did

“Do not stop taking Xarelto without consulting the doctor who prescribed it, as this will increase the risk of stroke.”

“Enlightened” bosses — making folks miserable in the manufacturing world and the military alike

I found this blog post at chrishernandezauthor.com causing me some serious deja vu as I read it. His description of the top-down safety stupidity he saw practiced in the National Guard and the active-duty Army sounded a lot like many Continuous Improvement tools/activities/practices I’ve witnessed in the manufacturing world. They share a few characteristics.  Despite being […]

A couple of good links from “Smartbrief on Leadership”

The first one tells how Newegg led by example by winning in court against a patent troll trying to steal their profits with bogus patent infringement claims. The second one has some excellent guidance from a Navy SEAL on using lessons from their world for effective business leadership.

Alan Greenspan: an icon of hubris

I’m about to finish Alan Greenspan’s book, The Age of Turbulence. The pivotal moment in the book is about halfway through when he declares that he had decided to add economic growth to the Fed’s responsibilities. It was at that point that he jettisoned once and for all whatever tenuous threads that remained of his free-market […]