Category Archives: Obama’s Management Style

The Bonaparte Rule

Napoléon Bonaparte is said to have said that you should never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake – but he spoke French with a heavy Corsican accent and may have said something else entirely – perhaps he … Continue reading

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Constructive Dismissal

Elections should be about clear choices, and back in January 2012, with everyone assuming Mitt Romney would be the Republicans’ nominee for president, while enjoying the Trump-Bachmann-Gingrich-Cain-Perry-Santorum clown show that was developing, it was clear that Mitt Romney was not … Continue reading

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Sidestepping Optimism

The eighteenth century, which gave us the concept that we really could figure out the world, all on our own, by careful observation and then thinking about what we saw and then more observation, and which also gave us the … Continue reading

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The Put-Up-or-Shut-Up Gambit

It was a small item everyone missed because the big news of the day was about the government shutdown being averted for the third time this year, by sheer dumb luck. Ah, FEMA had enough money for the week, which … Continue reading

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No Big Ideas

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you. But everyone knew. Jumping Joe has left and gone away – he married Marilyn Monroe. He was a great baseball player but he had other priorities. … Continue reading

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Nothing Exciting

Ah, teaching adolescents was many decades ago – but thinking back on that whole business it seemed the trick to make things exciting, or engaging, or at least not so boring that those young folks were reduced to tears, or … Continue reading

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Our Own Ministry of Silly Walks

The problem is that getting old and useless provides perspective. Leaving teaching – which was so pleasant so many years ago – for the business world – made the idea of trying to discuss Dickens with surly fifteen-year-olds seem quite … Continue reading

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