Wednesday, November 23, 2011

On Leadership, and our cruise on the Titanic

If a corporation were facing bankruptcy, and the CEO took a "hands off" stance, and left the management of the crisis to middle managers, and they failed, and he did nothing, would he be deemed a hero?

Would he be a 'lion of business and commerce,' like the recently departed Steve Jobs?

Or would he be tossed by the board of directors for incompetence?

What will Pres. Obama's legacy be then?

The sending of 2500 Marines to Australia while the ship of state careens, like the Titantic, careens towards the glacier of debt crisis?

In last night's debate, only Ron Paul grasped the urgency.

If the Occupy Wall Street protesters want radical change, why would they not join hands with Ron Paul? He called their movement "healthy."

Someone, please explain....


Btw, from the Huff. Post, Jobs to Obama: 'you are failing'

Quoting from a book review of his new biography:

Jobs, who was known for his prickly, stubborn personality, almost missed meeting President Obama in the fall of 2010 because he insisted that the president personally ask him for a meeting. Though his wife told him that Obama "was really psyched to meet with you," Jobs insisted on the personal invitation, and the standoff lasted for five days. When he finally relented and they met at the Westin San Francisco Airport, Jobs was characteristically blunt. He seemed to have transformed from a liberal into a conservative.

"You're headed for a one-term presidency," he told Obama at the start of their meeting, insisting that the administration needed to be more business-friendly. As an example, Jobs described the ease with which companies can build factories in China compared to the United States, where "regulations and unnecessary costs" make it difficult for them.

Jobs also criticized America's education system, saying it was "crippled by union work rules," noted Isaacson. "Until the teachers' unions were broken, there was almost no hope for education reform." Jobs proposed allowing principals to hire and fire teachers based on merit, that schools stay open until 6 p.m. and that they be open 11 months a year.

Good news bad math - Financials - Futures Magazine

Good news bad math - Financials - Futures Magazine

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Our friend Dean Karnazes website is NEW

Looks great, see for yourself.

(We featured Dean in "Extraordinary Comebacks"... )

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Hats off to the St. Louis Cardinals

Comeback Kings they have been called:

  • 10 and 1/2 games back at end of August
  • Given a 500:1 just to make the playoffs
  • Down to their last strike in game 6 World Series but rally to win in extra innings
  • David Freese, 3b, series MVP, game 6 HR hero, had quit baseball after high school, walking away from a Mizzou baseball scholarship.
  • Manager Tony LaRussa coming back to the game after an undistinguished career as an infielder, and then earning a law degree, to achieve immortality as one of the best managers in the history of baseball.
Writers called it the greatest comeback in baseball history.

Comeback upon comeback upon comeback, layer upon layer. An entire education in human endeavor in this one season of this one team. Hats off to the St. Louis Cardinals.