The Tiger Oil Memos

The Tiger Oil Memos

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The Houston-based Tiger Oil Company, no longer in business, was led by a CEO called Edward Davis (1931-2016), also known as “Tiger Mike” to his staff.

Twenty-five years after his company filed for bankruptcy, his office memos came to light. Here are some of the highlights

MEMORANDUM

DATE: January 3, 1978
TO: Secretaries
FROM: Edward Mike Davis

This is a business office. All correspondence and other things pertaining to this office will be typewritten.

Handwriting takes much longer than a typewriter – you’re wasting your time, but more importantly, you’re wasting my time.
If you don’t know how to type, you’d better learn.

EDWARD MIKE DAVIS


MEMORANDUM

DATE: January 11, 1978
TO: All Employees
FROM: Edward Mike Davis
SUBJECT: Idle Conversation

Idle conversation and gossip in this office among employees will result in immediate termination.

Don’t talk about other people and other things in this office.

DO YOUR JOB AND KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!

EDWARD MIKE DAVIS


MEMORANDUM

DATE: January 12, 1978
TO: All Employees, Houston Office
FROM: Edward Mike Davis

I swear, but since I am the owner of this company, that is my privilege, and this privilege is not to be interpreted as the same for any employee. That differentiates me from you, and I want to keep it that way. There will be absolutely no swearing, by any employee, male or female, in this office, ever.

EDWARD MIKE DAVIS


MEMORANDUM

DATE: January 13, 1978
TO: Landmen, Geologists, Geophysicists, Engineers, or To Whom It May Concern
FROM: Edward Mike Davis

This memorandum is an addendum and in addition to the "Memorandum To All Monthly Salaried Personnel" dated January 12, 1978.

This is for Steve Chamberlain, Bill Durr, Wayne Rogers, on down.

When you are on the road or out doing my business, that is exactly what I expect you to do 100%. I do not want any fabricated expense accounts, drinking or carousing around on my money. Telephone calls for business purposes only will be accepted -- not personal.

This will apply to all geologists, geophysicists, and whoever the hell it may concern who works for me.

If you don't like it, you can do the same thing the ones in the first memo got told -- pick up your check! If it doesn't apply to you, and you have not violated this, you don't have to worry. If you have violated this, correct it by not doing it any more. All I want to do is run a good orderly ship -- or rather than that, run it like the Army.

If I don't pay you enough money to do these things you want to do personally, then I suggest you ask for a raise or quit and get another job.

Don't take advantage of me, because I am going to be looking down your throat. You need the job -- I don't!

Do not speak to me when you see me. If I want to to speak to you, I will do so. I want to save my throat. I don't want to ruin it by saying hello to all of you sons-of-bitches.,

(Signed)
EDWARD MIKE DAVIS   


MEMORANDUM

DATE: February 22, 1978
TO: All employees, Tiger Oil Company and Tiger Drilling Co
FROM: Edward Mike Davis

This memorandum is intended as an addendum to a memo I wrote on January 12, 1978 about people speaking to me. Any supervisor who has anything to say to me, day or night, the fastest way he can say it to me is too slow. The terms about not talking to me meant I do not have time to stop and talk to everyone – saying hello, goodbye, goodnight, etc, - that is what I was talking about. If you have business with me, the fastest way is too slow – day or night.

EDWARD MIKE DAVIS


MEMORANDUM

DATE:  April 20, 1978
TO: All employees, Tiger Oil Company - Houston
FROM: Edward Mike Davis
SUBJECT: Office Furniture

The furniture in this office is expensive. DO NOT PUT YOUR FEET ON IT!!

I am paying you to work – not slouch in your chair with your feet up on a desk or table.

I do not go to your home and put my feet on your furniture, so don’t put your feet on mine.

EDWARD MIKE DAVIS

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