Excerpt from my first book “Love, Your Son Butch” March 8th on the Seventy Fifth Anniversary of my Dad’s entry into the Navy John Charles MacPherson, Jr. was inducted into the Navy on March 8, 1945 (more than a month before he turned 18). He did not have a great time in school and was […]Read More March 8 1945 – John C. MacPherson goes off to fight the war
The Leadership Conundrum A conundrum is described as a problem that is difficult to deal with. The Navy spends a lot of time in the education and development of its leadership. The organization has evolved over the centuries from a very autocratic structure that involved corporal punishment to a more nuanced organization that recognizes the […]Read More The Leadership Conundrum – Dealing with People
Course Corrections – Where the hell are we? Recently I wrote a story about five submarines that lost their way on a scheduled mission. https://theleansubmariner.com/2020/02/28/lost-boats-an-occupational-hazard-in-1920/ For five days these boats were unaccounted for and fleet leaders had to send out a number of vessels to locate them. In the end. All made it safely back […]Read More Course Corrections – Where the hell are we?
I want a raise. Of course I want a raise. Sadly, I am retired and no one pays me to write this blog. But the natural reaction for many people during any change in business is to expect some kind of pay increase. I mean, I came to work nearly all of last year. The […]Read More I want a raise – Where is my cut?
It has been nearly forty eight years since I learned my first lesson on leadership. In June of 1972, I headed off to boot camp to join the thousands of other young men about to become part of the US Navy. Boot Camp is the testing period where you are physically challenged, mentally strengthened […]Read More Leadership Lessons from a Mop
I know that you typically look for submarine stories here at TLS. At last count, I think there are over 860 stories. Hopefully, that number will continue to grow. But every once in a while, I think its good to remember why I started writing the blog beyond a good sea story. I have been […]Read More Management Versus Leadership – A Primer for the 21st Century
Building the next generation of boats – Nuclear power in 1955 The power and possibility revealed in the USS Nautilus was enough to inspire the Navy’s leadership to want to move more quickly into this bold new age. The challenge was to find a way to build the new boats using existing resources blended with […]Read More Building the next generation of boats – Nuclear power in 1955
Lord, your sea is so great and my boat is so small A hundred years ago, the relatively young US Navy Submarine service was still experiencing a lot of growing pains. Technology had already evolved enough to provide a better means of propulsion (diesel engines) and recent upgrades in battery technology were certainly great […]Read More Lost Boats – An occupational hazard in 1920
As part of the chronicling of the activities related to the Inactivation of the USS Pittsburgh, I reached out to the major participants of the event. This is the last installment and contains remarks made by the guest speaker RDML Doug Perry, Commander Submarine Group Nine. The Admiral was kind to have the reception in […]Read More USS Pittsburgh SSN 720 Closing Remarks from Admiral Douglas Perry
The Heart of Freedom It’s interesting to see the young people of today flocking to a man who is a professed socialist. Bernie no longer even makes a pretext of someone who embraces traditional American values. He continues to point out the difference between the “classes” and the “masses” which are all code words used […]Read More The Heart of Freedom