Remembrance of Things Past

Pamela Goett (Editorial Director)

Journal of Business Strategy

ISSN: 0275-6668

Publication date: 1 April 1996


When I was fresh out of college, I had a boss I'll call Malcolm (because that was his name). Malcolm was the most efficient delegator I've ever encountered. When work landed on his desk, he went into warp drive and, less than a minute later, had dumped it on a subordinate's desk. And for the remaining six hours, 55 minutes, of every seven‐hour work day (in those days almost everyone, at every level, left at five), Malcolm sat behind a gleaming desk unmarred by so much as a scrap of paper, studiously contemplating his lap. In that lap, hidden behind the desk, was a copy of the daily racing form. (Malcolm spent every lunch hour at OTB and every weekend during the racing season at Belmont.)


Goett, P. (1996), "Remembrance of Things Past", Journal of Business Strategy, Vol. 17 No. 4, pp. 4-4.

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