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Gear Talk With Chuck

Good, Better, and Best

Setting up in a new location requires far more shopping than I am used to. Daily trips to the home improvement store will continue for the foreseeable future, and probably

Gear Talk With Chuck

Relocation Time

Today I moved for the seventh time in my career. It is the first time on my tab though so I am probably paying more attention to the process than

Gear Talk With Chuck

Reconsidering Unwritten Rules

The recent brawl in baseball reminded me that despite the ability to Google almost anything, many people are unpleasantly surprised by the “unwritten” rules in some activities. We, as a

Gear Talk With Chuck

A Lesson Learned and Acted On

I have been getting lots of windshield time this year between business travel, house hunting, relocation, and even a few days of vacation. Our fabulous Interstate Highway System makes long

Gear Talk With Chuck

Leadership in the Ranks

As a history buff, certain dates stick in my mind and prompt reflection when they roll around. I first learned about D-Day when they showed The Longest Day, the now

Gear Talk With Chuck

Leadership in Action

I was a Boy Scout in my youth and served in a variety of leadership positions as an adult. One of the important skills — drilled into us as boys,

Gear Talk With Chuck

Leadership or Management?

My last post mentioned the big changes in the gear industry during my 47 year tenure, and the importance of visionary leadership. I have come to understand that leadership is

Gear Talk With Chuck

Rallying Cries

Continuing my rant on “mission statements by committee,” Memorial Day is around the corner here in the United States — a time for recalling our honored war dead with parades,

Gear Talk With Chuck

Why Are We Here?

Back when getting ISO 9000 certified was “the thing,” companies were expected to have a mission statement. I retroactively confess to not being a “true believer” in ISO certification, so

Gear Talk With Chuck

Exploring New Methods

I have been following developments on gear making in general-purpose CNC machines with great interest. The advent of affordable gear grinding seems to have spurred an interest in at least