This is All Hat & No Cattle, a video series about business for business people. Join us around the campfire as we chat about things that interest us. No yellin’ or screamin’ or punchin’, no bad manners and no trite sound bites. It’s just thoughtful analysis, reasoned discussion, and a desire to think about things among friends after a hard day on the range.
Jim & Chris talk about addressing weaknesses in the organization. Good thing they don’t have any weaknesses themselves. Ahem… Tongue twisters, big sticks, inertia, limited partners: where else can you have this much fun with two guys in suits for free?
Watch for the viewer challenge in the first few minutes and the parting shot at the end. Extra credit if you catch Jim’s self-deprecating joke that zings right past Chris, like a losing volley in a gunfight. Don’t be ignorant and arrogant or, like Chris, you might miss something important as you revel in past glories. Solipsism can sneak up on you, so pay attention and mind the gap!
About suffering they were never wrong,
The Old Masters; how well, they understood
Its human position; how it takes place
While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along;
How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting
For the miraculous birth, there always must be
Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating
On a pond at the edge of the wood:
They never forgot
That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course
Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot
Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer’s horse
Scratches its innocent behind on a tree.
In Breughel’s Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away
Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may
Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,
But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone
As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green
Water; and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen
Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,
had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.
WH Auden, 1938