Posts Tagged ‘Gunsmoke’

Matt Dillon on leadership: If you behave badly there will be consequences

By Jim Whitt In the opening scene of an episode of Gunsmoke, Matt Dillon rides up on a peddler who is camped alongside a creek. When the peddler learns that Matt is a U.S. Marshall the following conversation ensues: Peddler: “Say, you aren’t after a bad man are you?” Matt Dillon: “I was.” Peddler: “Where is he?” Matt Dillon: “I buried him this morning.” I’ve found many lessons on life and leadership watching Gunsmoke. This particular scene offers a message that every leader needs to send to every employee in the organization: “If you choose to behave badly, there will… Read More

April 1st, 2014 at 10:44pm

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Matt Dillon Will Never Die

By Jim Whitt James Arness, who passed away last week at the age of 88, was a natural fit for the role of Dodge City lawman Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke. A World War II veteran who was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star, Arness looked every bit the part of the western hero. He was 5 inches short of being seven feet tall and in the tradition of John Wayne, talked low, talked slow and didn’t say too much. In the character of Matt Dillon his response to those who both kept or broke the law was appropriately… Read More

June 8th, 2011 at 8:54pm

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