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Ways and Means for Managing Up by F. William Smullen

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Accompany the Boss on Business Travel

As I was standing on a pier on a Friday night at around 10:30 p.m. in Philadelphia, the view was breathtaking. The stars were out and seemed to dangle over the beautiful downtown skyline. I turned to the boss, Army Secretary John O. Marsh, Jr., and remarked, “Sir, we’ve got to stop meeting like this.”

There had been many late workday nights on which I accompanied him as he did the business of the institution and the people. A former congressman, Jack Marsh was accustomed to working long days and nights. He had a penchant for doing the “extra” duties of his office at night and on weekends, never wanting ...

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