Sears Files Bankruptcy

On January 14th of 2017, Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus announced they would fold the big top for the final time in May of that year. In a post about the announcement, I mentioned that the death spiral for Sears was playing out in a public way. Earlier this week, on October 15th, Sears […]

By MWD Posted in History on October 20, 2018 0 Comments Continue reading
Put Wheels On It

In 1899, Charles Duell, Commissioner of the U.S. Patent Office is reported to have said, “Everything that can possibly be invented has already been invented.” He was wrong. The very same day in 1899, thousands of people in Washington D.C. and elsewhere shopped until the basket they carried around the store became too heavy. It […]

By MWD Posted in History, Strategy on October 16, 2018 0 Comments Continue reading
The Man In the Arena

One hundred and seven years ago yesterday, barely one year removed from his second term as President of the United States and less than a decade before his untimely death from a blood clot at age 60, Theodore Roosevelt delivered a speech to a crowd of thousands at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. The title of […]

By MWD Posted in Action, History on April 24, 2017 One Comment Continue reading
The Circus Comes to Town No More

On January 14th, Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus announced that their May 21st, 2017 date at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island would be the final performance after 146 years of delighting ladies, gentlemen, and small children everywhere. Was it an inevitable decision that was no surprise or was it a “Kodak moment?” I think […]

By MWD Posted in History on January 27, 2017 2 Comments Continue reading