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Changing Business Models?

A few weeks ago I blogged about a disappointing shopping experience at a once-pre-eminent retailer. I must not have been the only unhappy customer because that particular store was on

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Authority and Responsibility

We all got a lesson in leadership from that unfortunate collision between a U.S. Navy destroyer and a container ship off the coast of Japan. The Navy’s first concern was

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Dangerous Waters

When a consultant’s phone rings they never know what the client or potential client may need. Sadly, calls frequently involve sorting out messes that could have been avoided with a

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Continuous Improvement

Much of my gear career has involved the oil patch, so it was a treat to tour the Drake Oil Well Museum near Titusville Pennsylvania recently. Colonel (Edwin Laurentine) Drake

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Origin Stories

Once in a while we need to take a break from the “honey do” list and start becoming familiar with our community. A trip to a nearby state park that

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The Internet Never Forgets

Another one of those graduate student requests turned up in my e-mail inbox this week. This one referenced one of my AGMA Fall Technical Meeting papers, and the student had

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Happy Independence Day!

Other than the fireworks, it is a quiet day for most of us here in the United States. We need this annual holiday to remind us that, despite the very

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Listening is an Act of Love

I have been listening to Story Corps on National Public Radio for many years. The program shares audio recordings made in booths that travel around the country; e.g., usually two

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Tribal Memory

What a treat it has been to spend a few days with a group of young process engineers; sharing lessons learned alongside other gear industry veterans is more fun than

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A Calling, Not a Job

In driving around my new hometown, I am struck by the grandeur of some of the older homes and buildings. Oil City, Pennsylvania was once home to giant oil companies