Corporate Ameirca

Someone Gets Serious About Leaks

Featured image Unfortunately, it isn’t the federal government. It’s Apple, Inc.: A recording of an internal briefing at Apple earlier this month obtained by The Outline sheds new light on how far the most valuable company in the world will go to prevent leaks about new products. The briefing, titled “Stopping Leakers – Keeping Confidential at Apple,” was led by Director of Global Security David Rice, Director of Worldwide Investigations Lee Freedman, »

Immelt on ice

Featured image My grandfather taught me the adage that “courtesy is cheap and pays big dividends.” It’s a quaint notion nowadays, but it seems to me a sort of democratic equivalent of the golden rule. As a practical matter, courtesy remains cheap and still proves beneficial most of the time. At least it doesn’t hurt. Does it apply in a corporate setting? The question occurred to me when I read last week’s »

Cardiac Arrest: Howard Root unbound

Featured image John recently hosted our friend Howard Root at a packed Center of the American Experiment lunch forum in downtown Minneapolis. Howard told the story of his experience as chief executive officer of Vascular Solutions caught in the crosshairs of the federal government when prosecutors sought to put him in the big house and his company out of business. It was the most powerful 45-minute presentation I have ever seen. Howard »

Dave Carroll was unavailable for comment

Featured image Dave Carroll memorialized his experience as a musician traveling on United nearly a decade ago. He complained in song that United had destroyed his valuable Taylor guitar (video below). The Wikipedia entry on Carroll’s videos has already been updated (footnotes omitted): “On April 9, 2017, #unitedbreaksguitars trended on Twitter. This was following the release of a video that showed United Airlines physically forcing a passenger off a plane in order »

Don’t reaccommodate me, bro

Featured image A United passenger onboard in Chicago to fly to Louisville was dragged from his seat Sunday evening because the trip was overbooked and he declined to follow the airline’s order to make way for airline employees. United called airport law enforcement authorities to have the noncompliant passenger/customer dragged from his seat. Below is the video posted by Business Insider. We still don’t know the passenger’s name, which is perfect. He »

Freakout at General Mills (2)

Featured image Glenn Reynolds posts an email with an important postscript to “Freakout at General Mills.” The email sent to Glenn by an InstaPundit reader elucidates the addressees of the message sent out by General Mills’s Orwellian Vice President for Global Inclusion to employees traumatized by the election of Donald Trump: I worked over 15 years at General Mills, and what’s critical to note is that the addressing of Ken Charles’s note »

Freakout at General Mills

Featured image To adapt a couple of lines from the classic ’60’s song: Freakout strikes deep/Into your life it will creep…especially if you’re subject to the war waged by other means inside one of the multifarious institutions subservient to the reigning shibboleths and clichés that dictate so much of the way we live now. From deep inside the bowels of Fortune 500 America a reader forwards this invitation from the Vice President »

Conservatives vote with their dollars, get results

Featured image With corporate America increasingly in the tank for liberal causes, conservatives may finally be learning how to fight back. I base this hopeful observation on two developments described by Lance Wray, the Executive Director of 2ndVote, a conservative watchdog for corporate activism. Consider first what happened with Lands’ End, the clothing retailer. Under CEO Federica Marchionni, it indulged in what Wray describes as a bizarre attempt to celebrate a company’s »