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Gear Talk With Chuck

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

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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

Gear Talk With Chuck

St. Patrick: Patron Saint of Engineers!

  I do not recall this being brought up during my years at Marquette University’s (MU) engineering school, but the night school crowd was probably too buttoned down to do

Gear Talk With Chuck

The Curse of an Engineering Mind

There have been a few times in my life when I wished I could turn off my internal engineer and just be a regular guy. If you ask my wife

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Your Results May Vary

  We have all seen the Internet meme of politicians wearing corporate logos so the public will know who their backers are. I would like to see this extended to

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What Good Are the Leading Indicators?

“Wall Street predicted nine of the last FIVE recessions,” Paul Samuelson, Nobel Prize winner in economics, 1966. We get a lot more economic news these days than when Dr. Samuelson

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When Do We See the Gears?

In 1971, the American gear business was far different from today. I am unaware of any modern company with a formal gear cutter’s apprenticeship; at Falk, that was just one

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Stumbled into Gears; Built a Career

After my first year of college I decided it was time to get a real job. My grades were great but full-time school and 40 hours of restaurant work had

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New Ideas in Gears

One of the perks of being a “public” gear person is the opportunity to interact with interesting people in and around our industry. Gear Technology magazine is responsible for many