Shop Talk — Boards, A Pragmatic Checklist

Big Red Car here, y’all. Oh, it’s cool and sunny here in the ATX. [Shut up, Big Red Car. We’re getting tired of it.]

So, today we start a new thrust that is going to be called “Shop Talk” for all of you in the trenches.

Today’s chat is about Boards of Directors. It is a checklist in the spirit of The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. Remember him?

So, read it already.

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You Can’t Handle the Truth — Musings About YAHOO, MySpace, AOL

Big Red Car here on a cool, crisp impossibly sunny Wednesday morning in the winter that is Texas, y’all.

It is 40F which is pretty damn cold for a Texas winter. It will get to 60F before the sun scoots home this afternoon.

Of course, that snow where you live is so ……………………………………….. lovely, no?

Yahoo, the ship that Marissa Mayer is boxing the compass on, is adrift or, maybe, headed in every direction that the compass will spin. Who really knows?

Marissa — the Big Red Car is on a first name basis with many powerful CEOs (in his dreams) — arrived with Yahoo enmeshed in a world of deteriorating and suspect revenue to the tune of some $5B but she was the woman to firm it up. Get it over to the gym and finally get serious about Pilates.

She famously urged everyone to “lean in” and even wrote a book on the subject. [Ooops, Big Red Car, actually Lean In was written by a woman named Sheryl Sandberg. I know that all business women look alike to a misogynist Big Red Cars but you ought to get the big stuff right, Big Red. Dumbass!]

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Hillary Clinton Emerges From Sniper Fire to Win BIG in Iowa

Big Red Car here on the tail of Hillary Clinton’s HUGE victory in Iowa, a feat that eluded her in 2008.

Now, she has boxed her compass and is headed toward the White House with confidence and certainty. A huge victory!

You go, girl!


Not so fast, Big Red Car. Not so damn fast.

Let’s look at the numbers, please.

May I have the envelope?

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The Lost American Decade

Big Red Car here and awaiting the results of tonight’s Iowa caucuses. Why do we care what a bunch of very white folk in Iowa care about anyway?

Foggy and 80F today. Ahhh, winter in Texas!

So, we’ve heard of the lost Japanese Decades, right?

Did you know we’ve got our own Lost American Decade? The Lost American Decade! Continue reading