Bosses

I was just sitting here thinking of the bosses I have had in my life. I guess you might say that every person I ever worked for was, in a way, a boss. It was my job to keep them happy. Then if you wanted to stretch things you might say it was my job…

Whatever happened to the Gold Watch?

  I was watching the old movie Gypsy and there is a scene where Gypsy’s mother is talking with her dad and he shows her the plaque the railroad had given him for his long career. He told her it was made of gold and very valuable. It started me thinking and so I went…

Do’s and Don’ts of Safety

When you cut all the way down to the quick then you might say that safety consists mostly with a whole mess of do’s and don’ts. When I began working for the railroad they had a big, thick rule book and the transportation people had to read and to write the entire rule book every…

When More Is Less

One day, many years ago,  I was talking with the president of our railroad and he gave me some priceless advice.  He said, “Art, if you hire one more employee you should not automatically believe that you will increase the amount or the quality of work you produce.  You might just be hiring someone for…

Filling Space

When I approached this newsletter this morning there was this big blank space where an article was supposed to be and suddenly I had this weird impulse to just skip over to one of the books I am currently working on and dropping a whole book into this slot.  Or perhaps I might make an…