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The Marble Man – A Trusted Leader

The flood tide of a Borg-like “cancel culture of the woke” deprives us of great, though flawed, role models for future leaders. Rather than growing in wisdom, choosing wisely, we remain adolescents seeking utopian activists or dangerous demagogues.

  • Posted: August 12, 2022

In Loco Parentis

To be a grandparent is to come full circle. How does a grandpa, curmudgeon though he may be, view his grandchildren’s education?

  • Posted: January 20, 2022

A Short Trek Into the Kingdom of “The Experts”

After a career as an expert, the sale of my company brought me into the fellowship of “Experts”. A nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there.

  • Posted: February 8, 2021

Trip to the Job Site

What happens when engineers visit construction sites? Sometimes its a real education.

  • Posted: August 12, 2013

Fair Play

We are taught from childhood to play fair. Youth sports is all about fair play. We all want fair treatment. So how come companies don’t play fair with their employees?

  • Posted: May 28, 2013

CEO’s and the Rules

A CEO is responsible for the web of rules, guidelines and procedures that make up an organization. It is not always clear what they should be. Some of us find old television programs a guide for us to follow. “What would Ward Bond do?”

  • Posted: February 5, 2013

Company Politics

If you have ever worked for a living, you understand the term “company politics”. When you are an entrepreneur, you get to sit on the Iron Throne and play the game for real.

  • Posted: December 27, 2012

Adventures of an Entrepreneur: Ch. 1 – Opening Day

When we leave our job to pursue our dream, the beauty of the vision can blind us. Then that first day arrives. Sometimes we meet new friends.

  • Posted: November 12, 2012

Adventures of an Entrepreneur: Prologue

Have you ever thought about leaving your safe and comfortable job for the thrill of starting your own company? This is the prologue of a book that sheds light on one man’s experiences.

  • Posted: October 14, 2012
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    The Twelfth Department
    By William Ryan

    What happens when we forget, or never bothered to learn, what we believe in and why we believe? What happens when the emotional whirls of Facebook and Twitter are the depths of our understanding? Evil, great evil, is regularly found lurking in the unexamined depths of good intentions. Mathew Arnold put our present political climate in memorable words years ago:

    And we are here as on a darkling plain
    Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
    Where ignorant armies clash by night

    Novels, good stories, provide a lens to see life, including our beliefs, without camouflage. As an example, JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the finest Bible commentaries ever written. Progressive political ideals may lack in recent electoral success, but have undisputed possession of today’s moral high ground. And while death and taxes may be the only sure bets, the eventual victory of those holding the high ground have very good odds in any battle.
    And so fiction provides a look at eventual victories. There is no question that the outlines of today’s progressive agenda can be clearly seen in other times and places. William Ryan takes us to a time and place fondly imagined, idealized at the time, by the forefather’s of todays progressive leadership. In The Twelfth Department, we see a police captain in 1930’s Moscow. Captain Alexei Korolev is just a man trying to be a good father, a good citizen, a good police officer. In many ways Alexei is a fortunate man, with a good reputation and many more material advantages than the average citizen. But a high profile murder brings him into ambiguous circumstances. The tone of the book is respectful of life in Moscow, with no axes to grind. It is just a portrait of a man trying to do his job, bringing a gruesome killer to justice, among ordinary human beings seeking only to live normal lives in a progressive paradise.

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