01/15/14

Report From the Front Lines — the Marijuana Wars

Big Red Car here.  So The Boss was in Colorado, Steamboat Springs to be exact, just when the legalization of recreational marijuana took effect, locally known as Green Wednesday.

Does the idea of stoned snowboarders worry you?  Uhhh, guess not since — as someone pointed out — it is likely this is NOT a changed condition.

In any event, I apologize for using the word “stoned” as that may be interpreted as a pejorative term and that is not fair given that the use of marijuana in Colorado is not only condoned, it is perfectly legal.  Folks should not be ridiculed for engaging in perfectly legal behavior.

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01/11/14

Valley Forge — a Primer in Crisis Management for the Startup CEO

Big Red Car here.  Oh boy, it’s going to be 75F and sunny here in the ATX today.  Oh boy!  [Hey, Big Red Car, STFU because other folks live in places like Chicago and it’s wicked cold there.  Actually it’s going to be quite nice in Chicago today.]

So The Boss is still in Steamboat Springs skiing.  It snowed like mad yesterday and last night.  Probably got more than a foot of fresh powder.  They were out grooming it all night long.

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01/8/14

History in the Digital Age

Big Red Car here.  Hey, it’s in the 40s today but in a couple of days we’ll be back to the 70s.  So. it’s not quite convertible weather for me and the housekeeper.

So, The Boss and one of his brilliant CEOs are talking the other day and it gets around to the impact of history on business and politics.

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01/7/14

Organization Chart — Growth and Scale Tool

Big Red Car here.  Hey, the Big Red Car is very, very sad.  Everyone is gone.  I’m stuck with the housesitter and it’s too damn cold to take a ride.  Usually I can talk the housesitter into anything — yes, ANYTHING — but it’s 40F and he’s not budging from the fire.  Brat.

I wonder if I’m suffering from post holiday depression.  I think there is such a thing, no?  Well at least it’s going to be 70F by the weekend.  I can wait on it.

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01/5/14

George Washington — American Entrepreneur

Well, The Boss has been reading all about George Washington (for about the fifth time that the Big Red Car is aware of) and is reading Douglas Southall Freeman’s seven volume history of Washington for at least the second time.

Freeman is the author of the definitive works on Washington and Robert E Lee.

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01/5/14

The Character Traits and Skills of the Successful CEO — Experimentation

Big Red Car here.  It’s zero dark thirty here in the ATX and it’s a bit cool for us hot house creatures.  It’s right at 39F with a forecasted high of 43F and a low of 24F.  Brrrrr!

So what does it take to be a successful CEO?  You’re going to have to conduct some experiments — experimentation, Old Sport.

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