We have been doing this for more than a few years, more than a few cycles…
Key things to note in this picture that are no longer true / now confined to a dustbin in history:
A.G. Edwards (sad but true);
Computer monitors in the background are CRT (cathode ray tube);
Stocks traded in fractions;
Our founder still has hair (“No, that is not a toupee! I was in my early thirties.” he insists)
Yes, Hunter Harrison was controversial, but he was also charismatic, insightful, passionate, and irrepressible. As he walked a rail yard or stood in a dispatch tower, he would notice one small detail after another and rapidly fire off questions to the staff that both held them accountable and clearly demonstrated that he knew as much or more about their job than they did (the story about how he “started as an oiler and brakeman, and worked his way up,” was not a myth). The track record of operational and financial improvement he produced at Illinois Central, Canadian National, and Canadian Pacific created hundreds of billions of dollars in wealth for shareholders. Hunter Harrison actually did write the book (a couple of them) and changed the way railroads operate, more than any single other person in the modern era.