Add Originality to Your Leadership

I love baseball, so I am excited the season opens next week. Anytime I read a book that has a baseball reference, I am instantly intrigued. That happened recently when I read about how Jackie Robinson’s birth order contributed to him being the perfect person to break the color barrier in baseball - more about Robinson in a moment. The book is Originals by Adam Grant. In this book, which I found fascinating, Grant explores dozens of studies and concepts that contribute to where personal originality comes from. (Steve Tip - I first listened to the book, but then purchased [...]

By | March 30th, 2017|Just Plain Interesting|

A Little Known Terrorist Program after Pearl Harbor

Today we remember and honor those who died or were injured in the attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago. Until the 9/11 attacks when 2,996 people were killed and more than 6,000 wounded, Pearl Harbor was the worst attack on United States property when 2,403 Americans died and 1,178 were wounded. Since 9/11 most of us are wary of terrorist attacks here at home. With 24/7 news and social media coverage today, we learn about terrorist threats and attacks instantly. What I did not know, though, was that during World War II Japan carried on a very aggressive, and [...]

By | December 7th, 2016|Books, Just Plain Interesting|

Dude Ranches, Ghost Towns, and the Leadership of Charley Parkhurst

Over these past weeks Patti and I have been exploring the northwestern United States and have been learning many things. I thought I would write this week about the business of dude ranches, silver mining ghost towns, and a woman, whose compelling story teaches us how women can, in fact, do a “man’s job” better than a man. The Ranch. Along the way we spent two days at the Turpin Meadow Ranch, which borders Yellowstone National Park on the southern border. The Ranch was recommended by my colleague, Ryan, and the chef there, Jason, is a graduate of the University [...]

By | September 15th, 2016|Just Plain Interesting|

Memorializing 100 years of Norman Rockwell

Perhaps my favorite artist is Norman Rockwell. I saw last week was the 100th year anniversary of his first cover illustration for the Saturday Evening Post. As I think about Memorial Day when we honor the brave men and women who died serving our country, I can see many Norman Rockwell illustrations flash across my memory screen. I first really became aware of Norman Rockwell when I was in the Boy Scouts because many of his illustrations involved Scouts, which caught my eye. One of his early professional jobs was as an illustrator for Boys Life magazine where his first [...]

By | May 26th, 2016|Just Plain Interesting|

Five Brain-drops and Was Babe Ruth Underpaid?

Once in a while I write a Blog I call Braindrops where I share a few random topics I find interesting. So this week, here are five. Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles hits a three-run home run against the Chicago White Sox in Camden Yards on April 29 in Baltimore. Game played without spectators due to the social unrest. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) Playing in Empty Stadiums. I had a high school memory flashback when I noticed the Baltimore Orioles played a game against the Chicago White Sox in an empty stadium. (For security reasons no fans were [...]

By | May 21st, 2015|Books, Just Plain Interesting|

Drink Up – You Just Can’t Make Sense of Nonsense

This past week, once again, I have been trying to make sense out of another state law that is, frankly, nonsense. In this case it is in Florida and it will definitely impact the recruitment of volunteer Board members. I will once again try to influence how this law and the subsequent rules it spawned are enforced, but I will leave that story for another day. This week, too, we watch the State of Indiana wrestle with its controversial “religious freedoms” law, which could spawn many side effects. One of the problems I have with some laws is the carelessness [...]

By | April 1st, 2015|Books, Just Plain Interesting|

Mathematically Speaking, How Many People Should I Interview?

This past week my colleague, Jim, and I interviewed our second candidate for a technology position in our company. Like the first candidate, there were some things we liked and some things we did not. Knowing that we may never find the “perfect” candidate, Jim said to me, “I wonder what our “n” number is?” When I asked him what he meant, he gave me a fascinating answer that I thought I would share with you. Square Root of “N” plus one. The interview research project from the 1950’s and 1960’s was likely devised by American mathematician Merrill Flood and [...]

By | January 12th, 2015|Books, Just Plain Interesting|

Did You Know There is a U.S. Presidents Club?

Only 43 men have known what it is like to be President of the United States. So when a person becomes President there are only a few living souls who really understand what the job entails, and that is where the Presidents Club comes in. After finishing The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs (now the Editor of Time magazine) and Michael Duffy, I am amazed that anyone would want to be President and grateful this Club exists. The Presidents Club, a term actually coined by Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover in 1953 when Dwight D. Eisenhower became President, is the [...]

By | October 20th, 2014|Biographies, Books|

5 Lessons from The Bully Pulpit

Doris Kearns Goodwin tells us about three leaders and teaches us about the American political and social landscape of 1900 in her book The Bully Pulpit.

By | August 29th, 2014|Biographies, Books|

The Kennedy and Lincoln Coincidences

If you are under 50 (or probably 55) you won’t remember Friday, November 22, 1963, but I’m sure by now you’ve heard many stories about the Kennedy Assassination.

By | November 27th, 2013|Books, Just Plain Interesting|