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Management vs. Leadership

[starbox] Recent posts about the management training “movement” of the late 20th century got me thinking about why those efforts — no matter how well thought out or executed —

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Management, Leadership, and Character

[starbox] “Leadership is the practical application of character.” — R. E. Meinertzhagen As you can tell from my previous posts, history has been a lifelong interest of mine. Coming from

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Leadership 101 — Commitment

[starbox] Much of what I believe about leadership I learned from the scouting program. I was a scout as a boy and when my children reached that age we enrolled

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Happiness is a Full Shipping Dock

[starbox] A young engineer I know broke new ground on Face Book today by posting photos of his most recent project on the shipping dock. Anyone who has taken a

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Reader Outreach

[starbox] One of the objectives of this — or any — blog is to encourage two-way communication with its readers. Which reminds that Gear Technology Magazine has now been around

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Our “Common” Language?

[starbox] Watching the World Cup final reminds me of that old adage about Americans and the English being divided by a common language. For example, you can’t get much more

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If You Are Going to Make Buggy Whips…

[starbox] If you are going to make buggy whips, they better be good ones. That is the lesson I took away from reading about hundred-year-old Wisconsin company Walsh Products (http://www.walshharness.com/walsh/Products).

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Better to be Lucky than Smart

[starbox] The special 30th Anniversary Issue of Gear Technology magazine represents a lot of extra work on the part of the staff. I enjoyed contributing to it and thought I’d

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Rework or Scrap?

[starbox] My last posting on surface temper inspection prompts me to think about the problem of non conforming components. It is never fun to throw valuable parts into the scrap

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You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

[starbox] If ever a situation cried out for a short, texting-friendly acronym it is the unavoidable problem of “You don’t know what you don’t know — until it is too