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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

Gear Talk With Chuck

What the Heck is “Relegation?”

Becoming a parent changes you in many unexpected ways. In the 1990s, one of those ways was to learn about soccer. Now, I was never as ignorant of “football” as

Gear Talk With Chuck

Complex Antiques

I have a wonderfully complex gearbox to reverse engineer. It is a critical component for a thriving company that is the only known gearbox of its type; the few drawings

Gear Talk With Chuck

Observations on Health Care

A lot has been written on the American Health Care System. Proponents tout the amazing cutting-edge technology; detractors lament our poor standings in rankings for infant mortality and other measures

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Slow Times Don’t Last

    A number of people have contacted me recently, seeking ideas for new markets. If I knew where the work was hiding, I would go get some of it

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Gone but Not Forgotten

Recently I visited an old workplace and learned that a much admired former co-worker had died several months previously. This is a small industry and the man worked several other

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The Dreaded Schedule Slip

What better time to talk about schedule slip than at the end of the month. Every place that I have ever worked or worked with has a “month end crisis”

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Avoiding Mission Creep

It may be difficult for younger readers to imagine, but we once got our instructions verbally from our supervisors. Yes, in a time before e-mail and voicemail, a boss would

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Malicious Obedience

After posting about the difficulty in keeping my “inner engineer” under control outside the workplace, several readers admitted to the same trouble. This brings to mind a former boss who

Gear Talk With Chuck

The Beginning of Wisdom

Aphorisms, pithy statements of fact, are a favorite of mine. They appeal because when you need to remember things you cannot always count on the WiFi working. One of the