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Gear Talk With Chuck

Leadership or Management?

My last post mentioned the big changes in the gear industry during my 47 year tenure, and the importance of visionary leadership. I have come to understand that leadership is

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Rallying Cries

Continuing my rant on “mission statements by committee,” Memorial Day is around the corner here in the United States — a time for recalling our honored war dead with parades,

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Why Are We Here?

Back when getting ISO 9000 certified was “the thing,” companies were expected to have a mission statement. I retroactively confess to not being a “true believer” in ISO certification, so

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Exploring New Methods

I have been following developments on gear making in general-purpose CNC machines with great interest. The advent of affordable gear grinding seems to have spurred an interest in at least

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Summer Jobs

Recent reports indicate that business is picking up in the gear sector so I hope your firm is thinking about bringing on some summer help. The current term-of-art, at least

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Here There Be Dragons

On the AGMA Helical Gear Rating Committee we frequently deal with how to warn users away from potentially dangerous designs. Some years ago our wonderful chairman colorfully declared we should

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Life is Uncertain

I love pithy statements of advice. If someone starts out with “Life is uncertain,” I will immediately add “so eat dessert first.” Call me the short attention span philosopher. One

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Are You Worrying About the Right Thing?

“I used to worry about rich and skinny until I ended up poor and fat…”                                                             Delbert McClinton Over the years, some of the things that cost me many hours

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Invisible Activity

Are you familiar with the “Law of the Farm?” The Law reminds everyone that there are some activities that cannot be rushed. No matter how many tractors you have in