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Gear Talk With Chuck

Preserving Gear History

  [starbox] One of the initiatives now in progress since the close of the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) 2014 Fall FTM was building a detailed timeline of the organization’s

Gear Talk With Chuck

Fall Technical Meeting Report

[starbox] Since 1980 the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) has hosted a Fall Technical Meeting (FTM), where the industry gathers to listen to papers presented by leading engineers and researchers.

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Publish or Perish

[starbox] My very first posting in this space was a call for papers for the 2013 AGMA Fall Technical Meeting. I had just gotten home from Arlington, Virginia, where my

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Not a Boys Club

[starbox] This is a belated post in support of the International Day of the Girl. Around the world girls have to risk abuse, sexual assault, and even death just to

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Bad Career Moves

[starbox] My e-mail correspondent was worried about making a bad career move. Since it is unlikely that people starting out in the gear trade today will work for one company

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Spamsters be Damned — We’re Bloggin’ Here

 [starbox] The anticipated, two-way dialog for this blog has been hampered by persistent spammers trying to scam their way onto the contact list. We wish there were a way to

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Adding it All Up

[starbox] So now you’ve seen my “20 Questions” method for employee performance reviews. I’ll make the spreadsheet available through this blog; please use responsibly and give proper credit. By “responsible”

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Creativity Makes Us Human

[starbox] The final quarter of my performance review system measures the creativity a person brings to their job. Some might argue that many jobs don’t require creativity; they just involve

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Attitude is Important, Too

[starbox] I don’t know many people who enjoy working with crabby co-workers. Attitude is a key element in team chemistry, so my evaluation system allocates a full 25% of the

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E is for Effort

[starbox] The second step in my performance evaluation procedure looks at the effort a team member puts into his or her job. From our first day of sports training we