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Gear Talk With Chuck

Specialization is for Insects

[starbox] The sports world was abuzz recently over a girl pitching her Little League team into the World Championship Tournament. For some this was another sign of the looming apocalypse,

Gear Talk With Chuck

Disneyland for Engineers

[starbox] After living in the Chicago area for 10 years I have made peace with the congestion, high prices, long commute times and crazy sports fans. There are even some

Gear Talk With Chuck

The Pitfalls of Quoting

[starbox] “What will this cost?” is often the most important question in whether a project can move forward. And it is a question every custom manufacturer and job shop hates

Gear Talk With Chuck

The Challenge of Maintaining Excellence

[starbox] I blogged earlier about best-selling business books trumpeting rapid growth schemes rather than sustainable performance. Building a successful business is a real challenge; growing it is another, different challenge.

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The Problem of Certainty

[starbox] In writing about unforeseen consequences there is a risk of inspiring such conservatism in design that the resulting product is no longer competitive. Henry Ford, for example hung on

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Unforeseen Consequences

[starbox] For something that causes so much trouble for so many people, you would think there would be lots of consideration given to the unforeseen consequences of decisions. This topic

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Calmness Under Fire

[starbox] So far, I expect my ideal “leader” to have commitment and vision. A third requirement is calmness under fire. While my life has been blessedly free of actual life

Gear Talk With Chuck

Make No Small Plans

[starbox] “Make no small plans” has been attributed to a variety of people over the years, but that doesn’t undermine its importance to fledgling leaders. The argument is that small