Ghosts And Scars

The ghosts of his past pursued him down through the decades of his life. In truth, they were always just behind him, pursuing him, from before the great adventure, which for a time only served to obscure their presence.

Last updated on September 19th, 2022 at 01:08 am

Dedicated to “Chris.”

The good news is that the pain will come to an end.

The Test

February 28, 2014, came and went without fanfare nor incident.

There’s nothing special about that date…except that it marks the 41st anniversary of the passing of a farm boy from Cottam, Ontario.

He was not special nor exceptional; just another man struggling occasionally to make his way through life, rarely thinking of the end; just getting today done; whatever it took; as dictated by his heritage.  And occasionally, a struggle it was, being orphaned before his teens, living with the extended family or in the orphanage, later on working the farms in lower Ontario.  Then, came the great adventure, wherein he and his peers lined up before dawn at the local army recruiting station the day after the Wehrmacht invaded Poland.

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Exercising Muscle Groups

…as our world continues to devolve in so many ways, more than anything, it will be integrity that empowers one to personally minimize participation in and the consequences of that devolvement.

Last updated on January 2nd, 2019 at 07:18 pm

recent article by Dr. Gary North on his website referred to Harry Hobbes’ posted contributions to the forums on that website as the focal point to advise members of the need to develop and publish information on their own websites, and eventually to sell that information.

The specific passage within Dr. North’s article is:

There is a site member who goes by the name of Harry Hobbes. His answers are detailed. If he were to collect all of the answers that he has posted for free on this site, he could begin to produce the outline of a textbook in either management or followership. Maybe he could produce a textbook that would be half management, half followership. You have to be a good follower before you can be a good manager. On the other hand, to be a really good manager, you had better follow a good manager for several years.

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Replace Thyself

Essentially, one prepares to turn over the job as one is learning the job.

Last updated on January 27th, 2020 at 06:54 pm

A member of recently entered the workforce at entry level and has posed a question:

How would I know where I would be least replacable, especially as a young person with few (if any) highly developed skills? (Sic)

The question stems from earlier discussions about the desirability of being irreplaceable in one’s employment, to ensure that one’s employer will have reason to retain one’s employment in a recession economy.

However, irreplaceability is rarely a solution for someone who remains competitive.

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Understanding Expectations

Once we defined a set of requirements, we both knew what we had to accomplish that would meet the other party’s expectations…

Last updated on January 2nd, 2019 at 07:15 pm

I recently spent time with my attorney on personal legal matters, and being somewhat obsessed with attaining objectivity in interpersonal communication in the workplace, I used the occasion to practice using precise terminology in the discussions. My attorney rose to the occasion and responded as someone who appreciated that she didn’t have to talk to me as if I were non-educated with confused vocabulary, and we both enjoyed the conversations.

In the course of working through the legal matters, we were careful to understand “rights” and the “correct” manner to pursue (or protect) those rights. (“Correct” being an objective definition.) My attorney appreciated that I did not confuse right with correct.

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Address by General of the Army Douglas MacArthur to the Corps of Cadets

…they have gone glimmering through the dreams of things that were.

Last updated on January 26th, 2022 at 05:20 am

Address by General of the Army Douglas MacArthur to the Corps of Cadets at West Point, New York, accepting the Thayer Award, May 12, 1962.

General Westmoreland, General Grove, distinguished guests, and gentlemen of the Corps!

As I was leaving the hotel this morning, a doorman asked me, ‘Where are you bound for, General?’ and when I replied, ‘West Point,’ he remarked, ‘Beautiful place, have you ever been there before?’

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What Are We Paid To Do?

Being a sagacious manager, he wasn’t rubbed wrong and didn’t take offense that I had been majoring in minors off performance objectives, and spending company resources doing so, but merely informed me that being rubbed wrong and taking offense were not requirements of being herein employed…

Last updated on January 2nd, 2019 at 07:10 pm

A member of recently posed a question:

Should you call people out on email etiquette errors?
Example, there is a person I often work with in my company who:

1) Sent an email to me with a simple request, and CC’d my supervisor. My supervisor has complained to me in the past that he gets too much email. But now that he has been included in the chain, I have to include him in all replies — good etiquette. He doesn’t really need to know or care about this simple request sent to me and that fact that I have completed it. He’s delegated complete and total responsibility to me in this area. So when I have to include him in 3 or 4 emails back and forth, I feel like I am clogging his inbox. Now, if I had totally blown off the request (not even replied) and this person wants to email me a second time, and also include my supervisor — thereby properly escalating the issue, sure, that’s understandable. But including him on the first email is totally unnecessary, and, completely annoying.

2) Sent me an email, the first email on a new topic, by replying to an old email I sent, without changing the subject line of the email. E.g. new email is on “Topic B” and subject line reads “Topic A”. Again, a little frustrating when I see my inbox and I see “Topic A” in the subject line. My first thought is, “What now? I thought Topic A was resolved days ago!”

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Management Bashing

…seemingly lost to the management bashers is the concept that, if management is the accomplishment of predetermined objectives through others, then it just might be profitable to be the other that accomplishes one or more predetermined objectives for management.

Last updated on January 2nd, 2019 at 07:08 pm

A recent discussion on regarding spending more than 40 hours on the job devolved into a commiserating denigration of management. The culmination of the commiseration fest resulted in:

When someone starts managing me, and telling me what to do, who is the age of my youngest child (now grown), there is a certain amount of subdued mental anguish that results.

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What Price Glory?

This principle, known widely as “going the extra mile,” is a fundamental principle of success

Last updated on April 9th, 2022 at 12:29 am

LTC Mucci:  “The others are beginning to lose faith, aren’t they?”

CPT Prince: “They won’t let you down.”

LTC Mucci:  “It’s not a question of letting me down.  We worked hard to build a fine unit; they deserve their shot at glory.”

CPT Prince: “I don’t suppose many of us are in this for the glory, sir.”

LTC Mucci:  “I’m not talking about publicity, Bob.  I’m talking about the kind of glory you carry inside of you for the rest of your life knowing you’ve done something worth remembering; something that made a difference.  The only recognition I want is from those boys in that camp. Nothing in our lives will ever be as important as this.”

Marty Katz’s The Great Raid, Miramax Films.

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College for Dummies…and Non-Dummies

Are parents aware of an $11,000 degree program?

Last updated on April 9th, 2022 at 12:28 am

Re-posted with permission from

College for Dummies . . . and Non-Dummies

Gary North Reality Check (June 3, 2011)

Dummies pay retail. Non-dummies don’t.

This week, I spoke to a group of about 150 high school and college students. Most of them were products of home schooling. This is the ideal audience for my presentation on the way to beat the collegiate rip-off: a B.A. from an accredited university or college for $11,000 to $15,000, total.

I gave five one-hour presentations. The students seemed alert. No one went to sleep. There were not too many people chatting. I saw no iPhones or iPads. All in all, it was a good audience.

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Dealing With Recruiters

We each own our career, and from this perspective we should leverage the function of recruiters – middlemen – to our benefit.

Last updated on January 2nd, 2019 at 07:04 pm

The following was recently posted on

I’m looking for general advise when it comes to working with recruiters. I’ve always found jobs on my own either through direct application or referral networking. What are the pro’s/con’s, general do’s and don’ts, things to say/never say to a recruiter, how to spot a shady vs legitimate recruiter, etc… I get regular LinkedIn request from recruiters, typically they go ignored, at the same time the nerd in my would like to go on interviews to maintain and build interviewing skills. Also I desire going on interviews to get a tighter feel for what my area has to offer and gauge more accurately my existing offer. (Sic)

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From a business perspective, recruiters perform a necessary function: that of screening out and deriving the best available candidate for a given employment situation.  As a matter of process, recruiters will represent the party that pays their fee.  As a matter of position, recruiters stand between that party and the party on the other side of the potential employment bargain. Recruiters are literally, middlemen.

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