I applaud "toughmindedness." It's a requirement—especially in difficult times. But tough does not preclude graciousness in all its manifestations. Probably the most toughminded exec I've ever met is Milliken & Co.'s Roger Milliken. On the other hand, the South Carolina-based (Spartanburg) chief never fails to be a man of graceful behavior. At least in my experience.
Before blogging became all the rage, Tom was posting book reviews and Observations (essentially early blog posts) to this site. You can find the archives below.
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