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Join Andy and Larry— two nearing middle-aged, mid-level bureaucrats—as they drink, ramble, and finally read the books they should have read in grad school.

Join Andy and Larry— two nearing middle-aged, mid-level bureaucrats—as they drink, ramble, and finally read the books they should have read in grad school.
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Join Andy and Larry— two nearing middle-aged, mid-level bureaucrats—as they drink, ramble, and finally read the books they should have read in grad school.




Out of the Maze: An A-mazing Way to Get Unstuck

Feeling hopeless, lost, and stuck? It happens to most people at some point or multiple points in their lives. Fortunately, the solution is easy: 1.) find a manic pixie dream girl; 2.) expand your mind by consuming some “not-red-rocks”; and 3.) lucid dream yourself to a new reality--Basic stuff, people! We hope you are hungry because this week we are reading Out of the Maze: An Amazing Way to Get Unstuck by Spencer Johnson and concluding the “Red Taped: Cheese Trilogy.” Brace yourself as we...


The New One Minute Manager

Do you have a minute? How about sixty? If so, please join us as we meet the New One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson. In addition to offering a plethora of “1-minute man” jokes, we eventually get around to sharing our analysis of this management classic. We also criticize management cults after unconditionally pledging ourselves to a Red Priestess, proclaim the power of motivational screensavers, consider tattoo placement options for managers, learn how not to train a dog,...


The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse

Lovable losers? These two bearcats have something in common with the Chicago Cubs. At Andy's request or insistence, we celebrate the beginning of the baseball season by discussing The Cubs Way by Tom Verducci. In this episode, we discuss and analyze the key management players that built the team that finally broke the famous Cubs curse. In order to do this, your hosts were joined by a hibernating bearcat to equip them with the only drink you can have when discussing Chicago. Pour yourself a...


Unsung Heroes: Federal Execucrats Making a Difference

It was not the threesome we wanted but it was definitely the one we deserved. This week we are joined by our one listener/special guest, Spartacus and discuss his book recommendation: Unsung Heroes: Federal Execucrats Making a Difference by Norma. M. Riccucci. We also explore the uncharted realm of bureaucrat porn (Spoiler: It consists entirely of peer-reviewed articles); upset some fellow MPA bros by doing poli-sci in the squat rack; look for Reagan era officials in Pound Town; watch a...


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

If you are seeking a paradigm shift that creates synergy and results in an unprecedented win-win situation, this episode will be 7th heaven for you. This week we review the leadership classic, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen Covey. We also test the effectiveness of bottom shelf whisky, meet the neighbors, find a new bar, fly with Harrison Ford, go on a blind date with the author, welcome ourselves to show biz, and sharpen our saws until...


The Dilbert Principle

It will be funny, he said. It is an easy read, he said. We’ve earned a little light-work, he declared. This week your hosts get hypnotized and led down an oyster-crab infested rabbit hole. We also complain about the outbreak of live music in the DC suburbs, review bureaucrat fashion trends, and travel via chicken wings to Korea...Don’t worry we stayed true to form and got drunk on aged coffee while discussing the merits of the Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams. Are you repulsed by our...


The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

This week two bearcats walk into a bar to wrestle with a green turtle and leave with bleeding eardrums— I am still not sure what Andy said during the past hour but I am sure it was heartfelt. We also get our hopes smashed by a panda, get needlessly nostalgic over forgotten sodas (Coke 2, Crystal Pepsi, Upper 10, and Super Mario Bros?) and find a politician who has mastered the F-bomb (Spoiler: Beto O' Rouke is a true cussing artist). Most importantly, Mark Manson teaches us The Subtle Art of...


I Moved Your Cheese

It is only during that brief transition between a late-night and an early-morning that life’s weightiest questions become apparent, such as: Does drinking an ultra-light beer make you ultra-unlikable? Is the opening theme to Unsolved Mysteries the scariest music of all time? Could a woke as f**k mouse steal your college girlfriend? Do mice even lift, brah? Is the world just one maze within another maze? OK, seriously, who moved my cheese? This week is book two in the “The Red Taped Cheese...


Chess Not Checkers: Elevate Your Leadership Game

Bargain bins are usually home to knock off sneakers, workout DVDs, XXXL- or XXXS -sized clothing, expired gourmet condiments, and misfit toys, but this week we struck gold by finding a copy of the management fable, Chess not Checkers by Mark Miller. This short fictional story about Blake, a former douche turned CEO, carefully balances leadership insight with cheesy story-telling. This is a fun discussion that includes, multiple movie/tv quotes, fond memories of our former purveyor of...


State of the Pod

The holidays are upon us and we have been making ready for the long winter ahead by developing a thick layer of bearcat blubber. In the long tradition of radio shows, TV sitcoms, and podcasts, we present you with our holiday episode. In lieu of the usual end of year rankings, we are revisiting our previous “tape (like) or toss (dislike)” verdicts and attempting to provide very short summaries of each book we covered during 2018. (Yes, all 8 books, a truly massive undertaking). To wit, we are...


Emotional Intelligence 2.0

It was a tough week in bearcat country. To get through this episode, your fearless hosts had to dig deep and feel feelings, which is a very overrated experience. Fortunately, we were supported by the thoughtful words of our super fan, BearcatFan#1. We also remember H.W. Bush, dance with the green fairy, pay a welfare check on Darrell Hammond, find out which host has more EQ, and ponder the existence of a Red Taped curse. Please join us as we discuss Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis...


The No A**hole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't

Everyone has one but don’t be one; this week we are talking about a-holes. Is one too many, not enough, or just right? We also search for the cause of all conflict (a local taco shortage?!), launch the now defunct Red Taped Consulting Firm, rant about TMI in email signature blocks, discover exotic whiskey pairings, and one bearcat gets forever lost in moonshine-induced memories of the ole Smokey Mountains. Please join us as we review the No A**hole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and...


Playing with Fire

This week we discuss Playing with Fire by Scott Lazenby and introduce you to Ben Cromarty, city manager of Trillium, Oregon and original bad-boy MPA. When he is not picking fights with unions, circumventing city council rules, or backpacking in the midst of winter, you can find him in his office seducing middle-aged women via his government-official email. This book is among the best public management case-studies we have read and weaves in valuable lessons about budgeting, political...


Trailer: Playing with Fire

Unfortunately, Inside Bureaucracy almost took us out. Fortunately, the magnificent and magical phoenix that is Red Taped was reborn this week in the fictional flames of Playing with Fire by Scott Lazenby. Since we are taking a break from our normal genre of books, we are providing you, our listener(s?), with a short trailer. Get the book and join us this Sunday for the full episode. As always, you can reach us on Twitter @RedTapedPodcast or drop us an email at...


Inside Bureaucracy

How do the Red Taped bros tackle a classic academic tome on bureaucracy? We have a simple three-step approach. Step 1: Take an unplanned three-month sabbatical to get your head right. Step 2: Reach for your top-shelf scotch. Step 3: Attempt a serious conversation for approximately 20 minutes before traversing a downward spiral of somewhat pertinent pop-culture references. This week we discuss Inside Bureaucracy by Anthony Downs. 22 minutes in, we drop our academic pretense and travel to...


Who Moved My Cheese?

Q. What pairs best with cheap cheese? A. Apparently, bureaucrat tears. This week we drink several bottles of wine, get emotional, regret major life decisions, opine on the wonders of guava paste, and think deeply about change. We also get a visit from 50’s dad, who is still trying to make friends and influence them. It is time to quit your hemming-and-hawing and join us for our review of Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, M.D. Please consider sniffing and scurrying over to our...


How to Win Friends and Influence People

Fun fact: Bearcat urine smells like buttered popcorn. Sad fact: Bureaucrats smell like burnt popcorn, old coffee, and loneliness. Don’t worry about this unfortunate situation because we have your back. This week we drink like Don Draper, suffer subway shame, exchange vintage marriage advice, and review How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Drink: Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail: with Michter’s US 1 American...


Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun

Water your horse and gather around the Red Taped campfire. This week we reminisce about Ross Perot, search for milk of the mare, debate the efficiency of equine-based microwave technology, and plan for the end. We also read the management cult classic, Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun by Wess Roberts, PhD. Hold on tight! This one gets a little weird… Drink: Hugo cocktails (Note, If you can’t find elderflower cordial, use St...


Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

Squirter: A person, assumed to be an enemy, running away from a military attack. Alternative: A reluctant bureaucrat turned podcaster running away from the microphone. This week we read Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. In hindsight, we should have saved one of our all-time favorite books for a later episode and picked authors that don’t scare us. Lesson learned. Please join us for our first fumbling, awkward, and oddly sticky attempt at...


Episode 000- Welcome to Red Taped

The Red Taped Podcast was born during a post-work happy hour that went several hours too long. In this episode, your hosts, Andy and Larry, briefly introduce the show's vision and accidentally stumble across our quasi-official mascot. Attributes: Music "Bubblegum Punk" William Settle - Guitars & Drums Chris Settle - Bass Picture By TassiloRau, CC BY-SA 3.0,...