Not my circus, not my monkeys — Advice for CEOs

Big Red Car here in the ATX where it is 51F at 4:00 AM and it’s going to be 80F this afternoon. Sunny to boot. A day to remember one’s sunscreen.

Ah, winter in the ATX. Hey, I’m sure it’s nice where y’all live. And what a blessing to be able to get a good workout shoveling snow, no? Blessings upon y’all!

So, the Big Red Car wants to chat with the CEOs and aspirants about the issue of delegation.

“Not my circus, not my monkeys.”

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The Big Red Car is Exhausted by the Primaries

Big Red Car here fresh off watching Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Donald Trump pandering to the veterans. [Full disclosure, The Boss is a veteran and a graduate of Virginia Military Institute, the son of two veterans.]

Nice day — Hell, great day — here in the ATX. So good I almost don’t want to tell you about it. It is 53F headed to 75F this afternoon. Sunscreen, y’all. Sunscreen.

So, the Big Red Car is just worn out by all the bullshit associated with the primaries and the Iowa primary on Monday can’t get here quick enough.

Today, the Big Red Car is going to be on a rant about being exhausted by the primaries. Sorry.

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Owning the Oxygen — Donald Trump

Big Red Car here — not endorsing or supporting ANYONE but observing something pretty damn basic.

Donald Trump owns the oxygen in the current presidential campaign. The dude owns the freakin’ oxygen and the rest of the schlubs are trying to rent a whiff of it.

“Who sold him the oxygen?”

The media and Fox News. Well played, you idiots. “Sold” him? They gave it to him for free.

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Human Relations — Crawl, Walk, Run

Big Red Car here in the ATX after The Boss had a stint on the east coast for a funeral in Sandersville, Georgia, visiting sweet Wrightsville Beach during the big East Coast Storm of the Century, over to Charlotte to see the investment banker son, and down to Atlanta to see My Perfect Daughter and new husband.

Now, The Boss is back home to see his beloved Big Red Car and to get the Big Red Car a new paint job — come on, Boss, let’s get a ┬ápaint job for the faithful, loyal, steady, fabulous Big Red Car.

Dear Readers, work it with me. I need a damn paint job and The Boss is resisting the inevitable. I have threatened a stop work action and he has threatened a trip to the junk yard. Help me here, y’all!

It’s 33F this morning headed to 74F this afternoon. Don’t y’all love a Texas winter?

So, The Boss fields questions on the development of an HR (human relations) capability from four different CEOs of lovely businesses with 25-75 employees. Sometimes, ideas germinate at the same time but this is an uncanny coincidence. Maybe not? Continue reading



Big Red Car here in the ATX whereat it is 31F headed to 60F brrrr. Can’t get warm.

The Boss is in Wrightsville Beach whereat it is even colder and it’s not getting warmer there. Silly Boss!

But there is one warm spot to focus on today, FRIENDSHIP.

This is a story of friendship and y’all should consider it carefully. Continue reading


The Headaches of Catching Your Dream — GoPro

Big Red Car here n what is shaping up to be a great day here in the ATX.

Well, only if you think 70F and sunny is a good thing. Yes, sayeth the Big Red Car. Sunscreen?

Today, in the cross hairs is GoPro. Not because the Big Red Car has any angst toward the company but because it demonstrates some interesting stuff.

You know GoPro, the camera you strap to your helmet while skiing and get those great videos of flying through the trees and powder until the big collision with that aspen tree. Still, it looks great!

Read on, dear reader. I’ll be videoing you as you read. Haha. Continue reading


Oil >>> Gas Prices, It’s Starting

Big Red Car here. It’s beginning to happen. I told you it would.

Here is a picture from Michigan showing gasoline prices dipping to lower than $1/gallon.

Note it is a “price war” and that isn’t the exact same thing as the entire country.

Remember two anecdotes do not a trend make nor a database. But it IS a start.

But, hey, what the Hell do I really know anyway? I’m just a Big Red Car. Gas prices. Low gas prices. It’s what’s for breakfast.


The Struggle — Talent & Character

Big Red Car here, y’all. Well, it’s winter here in the ATX.

Of course that means it’s 39F right now but it’ll be 62F this afternoon. Oh, well, it’s still winter. Sunny, too.

So, The Boss is talking to a couple of his brilliant CEOs and they get on the subject of “The Struggle.”

Sayeth The Boss, “The essence of starting a new business is The Struggle.”

So, the Big Red Car is going to ‘splain it to y’all. Listen up and pay attention cause I’m going to go fast today. Continue reading


“I’ve Got A Bad Feeling”

Big Red Car here on a lovely Saturday morning (actually it’s drizzling). That time of the morning when the leaves in the driveway are scurrying to wherever leaves scurry to running in front of the morning breeze. I like to stretch and yawn and think.

Oh, shit, there is a tech wreck upon us and it is going to be ugly on an ape.

Slow down, Big Red Car, slow down, big fella. It can’t be that bad. Can it? Continue reading


Adaptability — Breaking in Corcoran Jump Boots, a Metaphor for CEOs — Adapt

Big Red Car here. It’s going to be 70F and sunny in the ATX. How about where you live?

I bet you would like our Texas winter season. Sorry, the Big Red Car can get really obnoxious at times like this. I hate myself for it sometimes. Sunscreen!

So, The Boss and I were talking to a CEO who was having trouble with a change that was forced upon him. Struggling really.

The Boss told him, “Adapt and drive on.”

The CEO made a face. “Adapt?” Continue reading


Earned Media v SuperPACs

Big Red Car here, y’all. Going to be a nice day here in the ATX — 68F and sunny with a few clouds.

This is winter, y’all, ATX style.

So, the Big Red Car has been watching the primaries. Interesting stuff, no?

Tonight the top seven Republicans square off in North Charleston to continue thinning the herd. You going to watch?

This primary season has been dominated by one guy, that guy, the Trump guy. But why? Why Big Red Car?

EARNED MEDIA, y’all. Earned media. Continue reading


Being President v Being Right

Big Red Car here on the verge of the SOU (State of the Union) speech by the President. The guy gives a damn good speech, right?

Harry Truman is famously said to have uttered: “I’d rather be President than be right.”

Haha, dear readers, Harry actually said, “I’d rather be right than President.”

Sorry, that was the Big Red Car spoofing y’all. Won’t happen again.

President Truman also said, “You have to know the facts.”

Our current President, must subscribe to the first form because the other day he told some whoppers in regard to the gun control/confiscation/demonization debate. Continue reading


WTF — What The Frack? Oil Prices 12 Year Low

Big Red Car here in the crisp, sunny, loveliness that is the ATX — on Earth as it is in Texas, y’all!

Right to it. Oil prices, twelve year low.

The Big Red Car has been beating the drum about oil prices for almost six months –“Going to $30/barrel and will touch $20/barrel on the way. Biggest tax cut in American history.”

If the Big Red Car had a neck, it would be stretched way out there, y’all.

Oil hit a twelve year low yesterday and is headed lower still. Continue reading


Big Red Car, Who Wins the National Championship?

Big Red Car here fielding questions like the one above. It is a burden knowing the stuff the Big Red Car knows.

Here it is, y’all.

The Tide rolls. The Tide rolls big time beating Clemson University like a rented mule. Rented mules everywhere say, “Yep. I can feel your pain.”

Tide rolls and wins by 21 points making it look surprisingly easy. Roll Tide!

Nick Saban smiles for 11 minutes and 14 seconds whereafter he starts recruiting for next year.

The University of Texas tries to hire him and he says, “If you rename Austin after me, I’ll consider it.”

The University Texas approaches the legislature who say, “No way!”

The City of Austin renames Lady Bird Johnson Lake —– wait on it —– “Nickie Bird Saban Lake” to which Nick Satan responds, “Not good enough.”

But, hey, what the Hell do I really know anyway? I’m just a Big Red Car. Roll Tide!


Show Time v Go Time

Big Red Car here. Brrrrrr, winter in the ATX is cold, y’all. It is 33F headed to 54F. This is winter. Of course, it’s going to be sunny because it is Texas after all.

So The Boss is talking to a couple of brilliant CEO entrepreneurs and he says to one of them, “You have to know when show time becomes go time.”

The CEO, who is brilliant, says, “What does that mean?”

The Boss ‘mansplains it to him. If you are around The Boss for any length of time, you will hear him say, “Get in the moment. Stay in the moment. Make something happen. Now.” Continue reading


Teams, Subteams, Relationships — For CEOs Only

Big Red Car here. Brrrr, it was cold yesterday. It is a single digit above freezing here in the ATX — what is going on, Mothah Nature?

OK, this is winter. Going to be 52F today and sunny but still, 33F on a Sunday morning? Don’t panic, Big Red Car, you can do this. Bit of brie with that whine?

So, The Boss is on a rant with a couple of CEOs who are talking up “team building.” Boring! Boring! [Big Red Car, shut up, please. Sorry.]

So what’s all the chatter about? Let me mansplain it to y’all, may I? Mothah Nature, may I? Continue reading