Tagged Leadership

Damn the Torpedos

Damn the torpedos, full speed ahead.

David Farragut, Union Admiral during the American Civil War

On this date in 1862, David Farragut commanded a Union flotilla past two Confederate forts on the Mississippi River on his way to capture New Orleans. It wouldn’t be until more than two years later, at the Battle of Mobile Bay, when he would utter his famous phrase.


Those “best leaders” excel at six skills . . . They have a winning attitude, a passion for customers, an ability to collaborate across boundaries, a global mindset, an ability to leverage diversity and a talent for working just “fast enough” — getting the right balance point between overly rapid decision-making and paralysis by analysis.

— Ann Livermore, HP Executive VP
From a Knowledge at Wharton article