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Gear Talk With Chuck

Unforgettable Characters

One of my favorite features in the old Reader’s Digest magazine was the Unforgettable Character column. Each featured person would be celebrated for their contributions to their community and their

Gear Talk With Chuck

Barter Time?

Another week — another interesting conversation with a concerned company president. Bookings are down and he has been thinking of ways to broaden the product offering while bringing sub-contracted processes

Gear Talk With Chuck

Community Dues

As a lifelong blood donor I am frequently amazed at the advanced technology in use for what was previously the most simple of tasks. When my father first pushed me

Gear Talk With Chuck

Down on the Farm

My last posting discussed the problem of finding a technical leader for a gear company. Except in a few emergency situations, such as the sudden departure of the previous leader,

Gear Talk With Chuck

Farm System or Free Agents?

  I had a great conversation with a dedicated company president recently. Rather than get bogged down in the current market slump, he was focused on what his customers would

Gear Talk With Chuck

Alumni Responsibilities

It happened again this week — a phone call from a friend reporting a rumor about a former employer. I have blogged previously about the duty owed to a former

Gear Talk With Chuck

Improved Navigation

  An inspection of a gearbox as old as me required a trip to Boston and a drive north into New Hampshire this week. I had been to Boston several

Gear Talk With Chuck

In Praise of Museums

The summer travel season is rapidly approaching, and here’s hoping your adventures include stops at a few museums. My wife and children tended to limit my museum time during our

Gear Talk With Chuck

No Fantasy Draft

Chicago will once again host the National Football League draft for former college players. Millions of fans will tune in to see where their favorite players will finally get paid

Gear Talk With Chuck

Importing Technology

My last posting on soccer mentioned the industrial sports leagues in Milwaukee. A city of ethnic neighborhoods much like other rust belt towns was made prosperous by locally owned companies