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Gear Talk With Chuck

Questions Should Not Be Disruptive

Continuing my rant on disruptive employees: a few posts ago I mentioned the ill will I engendered early in a new job by questioning the large percentage of shipments that

Gear Talk With Chuck

Disruptive is Not Necessarily Bad

There has been some discussion on-line recently about how to deal with “disruptive employees.”  As a charter member of this group I feel compelled to defend this misunderstood demographic. When

Gear Talk With Chuck

A Century of Gears

The American Gear Manufacturers’ Association [AGMA] will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2016. The party will begin with the Fall Technical Meeting [FTM] and Gear Expo in Detroit this October.

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Ratio Analysis

For many years my employers participated in AGMA’s Statistical Analysis Program. Member companies would fill out monthly reports on sales and various costs. These reports would be consolidated at association

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When Good Employees Screw Up

A friend of mine is the inspection department for a custom machine shop. He is also the process engineer and, occasionally, a machine operator. Recently he made his first serious

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Keeping Impossible Promises

Ever been handed a completely impossible promise by your boss with the expectation that you will find a way to “make it happen?”  If so, you are in good company.

Gear Talk With Chuck

Has School Started Yet?

Based on television ads, Facebook posts, and the number of school buses on the road it appears school has started for the fall term. It seems a bit early to

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Oil Price Quandary

Like most curmudgeons, I can do a five minute ramp on how cheap gasoline was when I was a kid and how outrageous the price is now. Living in Chicago

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Specialization is for Insects

A few more thoughts on Alexander Graham Bell; he was so much more than the “inventor” of the telephone. Like many other creative people, he had a wide range of

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Behind Every Great Man…

I have been traveling quite a bit lately and that means lots of waiting time in airports. My Kindle is loaded with many books and during my most recent trip