When I am not writing about submarines, I am normally busy with my day job which is helping the companies I work with to better understand continuous improvement or “lean thinking”. While one is solely vocational in nature and the other is purely avocational both share the same basic roots: Continuous Learning. As a young boy, I was […]Read More Continuous Learning – It’s a Navy Thing
I’ve been reading a lot lately about the state of the Navy and the other seagoing forces. To be sure, there have been a lot of technological advances in the past twenty years since I hung up my sword (literally). Submarines have reached new levels of sophistication that make them more efficient than ever before. […]Read More With all this new stuff, why is everybody so unhappy?
I should give you fair warning that this is not a story about submarines. It is a fairly graphic story about recent events that you may just want to pass by. I will be back next week with more tails of the submarine world, but this story is about the world around us today (July […]Read More I wonder what they were dreaming of?
This is a story published in the Port of Pittsburgh, Official Publication of the Navy League of the United States, Pittsburgh Council Jan-March 2014 Volume 18 No.1 edited by Katherine Kersten, written by Bob MacPherson (aka theleansubmariner) “The most expensive thing in the world is a cheap Army and Navy,” Congressman Carl Vinson On March […]Read More The “Georgia Swamp Fox” that Fathered the Two Ocean Navy – Carl Vinson
Leadership must be intentional. Okay, I will admit that this statement is rather obvious and won’t sell any books. The sad part though is how many organizations that promote from within expect that a perfectly good employee will magically grow leadership skills by the grace of that promotion. Then, when they fail, everyone wonders what […]Read More Random Actions Produce Random Results (No Matter How Big the Halo)
Just a short message this week to the Followers of the New Freedom Underground Deep disappointment for the dirty dogs of war… David Ax-man denied In the dying days of democracy dozens of devious democrats demanded debilitating deals while denying the details of its descendant direction. Decadency caused by deleterious debutants disguised as “lawyers” who […]Read More On Wisconsin (bring on the fall!)
Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said that “no one knows” if gasoline prices in the United States will reach $9 per gallon, and acknowledged that the possibility is outside his control. Okay seriously, I filled up my tank today and really had to consider if I could afford to keep driving. Or eating. Or […]Read More Okay, I know I scare some people but this guy does a way better job:
Yesterday was Pennsylvania’s annual FBLA conference. The three training sessions were great! The young people who attended were very engaged and challenged me on some very good points. The subject was leadership but covered three areas that I feel from my education and experience are important to developing yourself and others. Those three things are […]Read More 3800 of the best and brightest
http://platform.twitter.com/widgets/hub.1326407570.html McPherson Square is finally being reclaimed by the Park Service. I will only be completely happy when I see the entire square scrubbed of these vermin. http://wtop.com/?nid=109&sid=2734685 But in my mind, it is still only a partial victory since the powers that be have not taken the appropriate stand. From Reuters: “”This is not […]Read More A victory… even if it’s only partial
I have lived my life with a firm conviction that being a free man is more important than any other thing. I gave up part of my freedom to protect it (US Navy) and I give up a part of my freedom each time I pay my taxes to support the structures that try and […]Read More Freedom on the other side