AUTHOR BLOG

Snow Alters Plans

Snow in New England in January — who could have expected such an event?  Blizzard Juno moved through New York to Boston this week, sweeping away my speaking engagements with the Electric Boat Management Council, Connecticut Magazine and Tom Pieragostini. Linda and I flew into the area early, in the event Mother Nature changed her mind, […]

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2nd Printing Available Soon

Amazon has just announced that they will have books available for shipment on 10 January — a good thing.  These books are from the second printing, which the publisher commissioned in December. Jim Roy of the Electric Boat Managers’ Council has asked me to be their dinner speaker (Groton, CT) on Tuesday, 27 January. Given […]

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The Birth of Nuclear Power

It has been instructive the last two years to watch Michael Pack (and his spouse, Gina) put together the Rickover documentary which showed on PBS tonight. Just as photographic art differs from the stokes that create a watercolor, a film-maker approaches his subject differently than a writer. Since Mike and I met only after we […]

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Naval War College Museum

John Kennedy at the Naval War College Museum in Newport,Rhode Island, sponsors a luncheon “Eight Bells” discussions.  They are reportedly held atop the very same boards trod by Alfred Thayer Mahan as he expounded the theories that would become The Influence of Sea Power upon History.  Who could resist an offer to speak in such a […]

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Nautilus Museum in Connecticut

Spoke to the staff of the Submarine Force Library and Submarine Force Museum, where Nautilus, less her reactor, “floats” in a perpetual bed of concrete.  They, and their Officer in Charge, Commander Ben Amdur, have been our gracious hosts the last three days. We spent most of our time focused not on the fascinating story […]

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Leadership Workshops

The Coast Guard Academy today graciously carved out some time from a leadership workshop to discuss how Rickover’s management principles fit into the five practices of Kouzes’ and Prosner’s “Leadership Challenge.” The discussion was two-way and lively. Later in the afternoon, across a rainy Severn River, Captain Andrew Jarrett did the same thing for the […]

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Speaking at the Thames Club

Admiral Dave Goebel and his wife Earline asked us to speak last evening on Admiral Rickover and leadership at the Thames Club in New London, Connecticut.  We focused on how upcoming defense budget events might affect the local economy and how similar these challenges were to those Rickover faced some decades ago. Of course, given […]

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Renewing Old Ties

We invited the New London submarine commanders to a cocktail party at the Nautilus Memorial this afternoon.  I explained why I had written the book –the perceived rise of China and Russia, the impending budget battles within the Navy over the shipbuilding account and the recapitalization of the Trident force (similar issues to those Admiral […]

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