Executive View by Marshall Loeb: Rebel with Many Causes

Executive View/Marshall Loeb

The Organization Man, wrote William H. Whyte in the final paragraph of his 1956 classic, must fight The Organisation William Whyte, meet fletcher Byrom. A feisty fellow, Byrom lives by the philosophy that the highest form of loyalty is to battle organizational rigidities and inertia.

Just after World War II, admirals had been nervous about the stocky ingotsize metallurgist from Penn State who badgered them to scrap their old anti-aircraft guns and start developing surface-to-air missiles. Byrom won that round—and he won the Navy's Distinguished Civilian Service Award A few years...

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