Outgoing McDonald's CEO Jim Skinner credits Midwestern values for success

McDonald's CEO Jim Skinner, 67, recently announced his retirement from a 41-year career with the all-American fast-food purveyor -- a fantastically successful company that, besides providing entry-level jobs to millions of young Americans, is a positive cultural icon and employer to millions of people overseas. What was the secret of Skinner's success? It wasn't college (he never finished), but his bricklayer father and the "Midwestern values" he acquired growing up in Davenport, Iowa - during which he flipped burgers as a teen at a local McDonald's. As the Quad-City Times explains: In a 2008 interview with the Quad-City Times, Skinner, a 1962 graduate of Davenport West High School, called his story a prime example of "the American dream," which he said is still possible for anyone flipping burgers at McDonald's. "It's not only possible, it's a reality," Skinner said at the time. "This is the American dream in an American company that is not exactly 'what you see is what...(Read Full Post)