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 […]

A life to learn from, part 3

It’s been many years since I read We Were Soldiers Once… And Young by Lt. General Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway. Yet this passage has stuck with me ever since: Platoon Sergeant Fred J. Kluge of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry was moving his men into the fighting holes along the old […]

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 […]

Who knew Tom Landry flew B-17s?

I was double-checking myself on the details of John Browning’s M2 machine gun, which got me thinking about the armament of the Flying Fortress (13 M2s, in case you’re wondering), which led me to the Wikipedia entry about the plane, which informed me that late Cowboys coach Tom Landry flew 30 missions piloting those birds […]

“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 […]

Fran Tarkenton’s defense of David and Charles Koch

Here is a spirited defense of the much-maligned Koch brothers and Koch Industries by Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton. Tarkenton correctly points out the destructive, poisonous political source of the attacks on the Kochs.  Because the Kochs stand in the way of the left’s demolishing of America’s free enterprise system in favor of […]