Christmas for Scrooge

Have a Merry “May be” Christmas Mr. Scrooge

“Are these the shadows of things that Will be, or are they shadows of things that May be only?” Ebenezer Scrooge. At this point in A Christmas Carol, we’ve already … Continue Reading →


Bobbie the Wonder Dog

Bobbie The Wonder Dog’s Christmas Tail (?)

“Well done, Bobbie.” Frank Brazier. There are some things that simply defy rational explanation and Bobbie’s story is one of them.  Bobbie—better known as Bobbie the Wonder Dog—was a collie … Continue Reading →


Modeling

How to Fix Christmas

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they’ve never failed to imitate them.” James Baldwin. I can personally attest to the truth of Baldwin’s observation. … Continue Reading →


Candles

Christmas Dark and Light

“It is far better to light the candle than to curse the darkness.” W. L. Watkinson. It’s obvious, isn’t it? If you want to pierce the darkness, you have to … Continue Reading →


A NORAD Christmas

“A tradition was born.”  NORAD. Colonel Harry Shoup was at his desk on Christmas Eve 1955. He was Director of Operations for the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD). On his … Continue Reading →


The Christmas Truce

“These fellows in grey were good fellows, they were— strangely—just men like ourselves.”                     Henry Williamson. It was a scene from a Christmas card. A full moon hung over … Continue Reading →


Conversations in Management: The Christmas Truce

“These fellows in grey were good fellows, they were— strangely—just men like ourselves.”                   Henry Williamson. It was a scene from a Christmas card. A full moon hung over … Continue Reading →


Conversations in Management: A. C. Gilbert

“A boy wants fun, not education.”   A. C. Gilbert. Desperate times call for desperate measures (as well as inflated rhetoric) and A. C. Gilbert was laying it on thick. … Continue Reading →


Conversations in Management: Toy Hall of Fame

“These are things that generations from now, people will say, ‘What was that?’”                 Chris Byrne. Chris Byrne, a toy consultant, may be holding the wrong end of the stick … Continue Reading →


Conversations in Management: Christmas Already?

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind.”                 Calvin Coolidge. Coolidge wasn’t kidding when he said Christmas isn’t a time or season. Nominally it’s … Continue Reading →