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Training vs. Education

The high cost of college and the crushing weight of student debt are seldom far from the headlines these days. Community colleges and technical schools are often touted as the

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Daily Chores

A current project has reminded me just how difficult it is to pull cost estimates together. You would think that with business being slow due to the oil slump, sales

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Training Days

What a pleasant surprise this week to get a request for information on training rookie gear machine operators! It is easy to get caught up in the negativity generated by

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TSA Trouble

Here in Chicago we are blessed with two big airports and the best connections to destinations around the world. While no longer the busiest airport in the country, O’Hare International

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Animal Trouble

Although the official astrological start to summer in the northern hemisphere is still three weeks away, the Memorial Day weekend just concluded marks the beginning of warm weather activities —

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100th Running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing

This weekend marks the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 motor race. While it no longer dominates the news cycle as it once did, the event still attracts the largest

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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

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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

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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

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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,