12/27/16

Advice — Following Up on Advice

Big Red Car here in the ATX where we’ve had a nice run of warm, humid weather. What? You didn’t like 82F for Christmas?

[The Big Red Car admits it likes a bit of the chill in the air when it gets to Christmas. Don’t tell anyone. Remember, when I write in brackets nobody can see the content but you.]

So, The Boss is visiting with a couple of his CEO clients and they are engaged in a post-mortem, a little recap, of the year, 2015. They have a nice chat and The Boss comes home well caffeinated and energetic.

So, we get into our continuing conversation, “Boss, what about a new paint job for the Big Red Car?”

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12/22/16

Grayson Allen, Duke Basketball

Allen, Grayson Allen, is a Duke University basketball player who has tripped three opposing basketball players in calendar year 2016 during two different seasons. Each such event was blatant, captured on video, and deliberate.

Allen is, also, one of the best basketball players in the country privileged to play on one of the best basketball teams at one of America’s elite universities. The coach of Duke, Mike Krzyzewski, is one of the best coaches in the game and an all-around good guy.

[Please note that the Big Red Car’s favorite team is the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, so praising Coack K is a hard pull. But, it is all true. Great team, great school, great coach, great player.]

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11/22/16

Trump-Romney Interview, Exclusive Transcript

Trump-Romney interview? How did you get the transcript, Big Red Car?

OK, so the Big Red Car has magical powers and can sometimes channel stuff that others can’t. This past weekend, the Big Red Car tapped into the smoke detector system in Bedminister, NJ at the Trump Global Golf Course and listened in on President Trump’s convo with Mitt Romney.

What the Big Red Car knows, y’all know, eventually.

Here it is.

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11/20/16

Communities, echo chambers, fan clubs

Communities, echo chambers, fan clubs, Big Red Car? What?

Big Red Car here, holding down the fort while The Cripple (The Boss and his little ruptured Achilles tendon, suck it up, buttercup) is in New York with the elites. [I think he’s been rioting in front of the Trump Tower, but he swears he hasn’t. Who really knows?]

So, the Big Red Car has been thinking about the creation of communities on the Internet, blog communities, to be precise.

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08/10/16

Board Meeting Agenda

Board Meeting Agenda? What is that Big Red Car?

Big Red Car here in the sunny ATX with the sun beaming down and making it hot, very hot. Like Gen Wm Tecumseh Sherman (America’s first home grown war criminal) said, “If I owned Hell and Texas, I’d live in Hell and rent out Texas!”

So, today, we continue talking shop about the board meeting.

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05/27/16

Hiroshima, President Obama, Nuclear Hypocrisy

Hiroshima.

Big Red Car here on a nice but cloudy ATX day. Going to rain, y’all. Getting into the Memorial Day flood cycle. Flash flood warning last night. Lakes more than fill and flooding the marina parking lots. Lots of water.

So, the President is in Hiroshima becoming the first sitting US President to visit Hiroshima whereat the United States unleashed the power of a new weapon, a nuclear bomb called “Little Boy” which was delivered by a B-29 bomber on 6 August 1945.

Little Boy bomb

Little Boy nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, on 6 August 1945, killing an estimated 145,000 civilians

On 15 August 1945, the Japanese surrendered entering into a formal surrender on the USS Missouri (one of the refloated ships sunk at Pearl Harbor by the Japs) on 2 September 1945.

The war the Japs started was finally over.

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05/16/16

Process, The Power of Repeatable Process

Big Red Car here is the rainy ATX. The lakes are filled to overflowing after having been down by almost seventy feet several months ago. This is one of two rainy seasons in Central Texas. I sort of like the rain. But, today, we talk about process and making it repeatable.

Lake Travis has a floodgate or two open and is nominally a foot over “full.” Good news!

Lake Travis full

Lake Travis filled to overflowing with H2O, oh!

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04/21/16

Growth – CEOs Only – The Personal Cost

Big Red Car here in a slightly rainy ATX. Rain makes the green grass grow and startup companies are focused on growing, also. They call it scaling, growth. But it just means getting bigger and stronger and more powerful. Growth, it’s not for sissies.

So, the Big Red Car is eavesdropping on a couple of The Boss’s conversations with some of his brilliant CEOs and the discussion wanders into the personal costs of growth.

CEOs will find themselves changing their relationships within the company as they grow. It is inevitable and you cannot change it. It is hard work. It can get messy.

Italy 2010 Computer 020

That co-founder? The one who could not scale with the company?

You have to deal with it. Here’s how.

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