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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Malcolm McLean, Keith Tantlinger and Globalization

By Michael Fonda - Chicago

I'm not even going to attempt to improve on Margalit Fox's terrific New York Times article on Keith Tantlinger (and Malcolm McLean). You'll just have to read it here.

My only comment is that having recently finished Jay Elliot's insightful book, iLeadership for a New Generation, about Steve Jobs guiding Apple Computer to the apex of the digital age, I was struck by the similarities between the team of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak and the team of Malcolm McLean and Keith Tantlinger. Jobs and McLean both were able to visualize a better method for people all over the world to interact with each other (Jobs with digital communication devises; McLean with containerized transportation devises) and then, with the help of great engineers like Wozniak and Tantlinger, deliver the absolute perfect product to the global marketplace.

You have to wonder, Who will be the next team to change the world?


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