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Gear Talk With Chuck

What is Your Elevator Pitch?

Networking is an important part of business life these days; it always has been. Internet sites like LinkedIn promise to connect us to other like-minded individuals who can assist us

Gear Talk With Chuck

Developing Resilience

For many years, “robust” was a popular business buzz word. The idea was to make certain your procedures and processes were “strong” enough to withstand the problems they were likely

Gear Talk With Chuck

Mini Disasters

My last blog highlighted the need for disaster planning. With three hurricanes churning up the Atlantic Ocean as I write, that advice may be a little too late for some

Gear Talk With Chuck

Fundamentals

I mentioned succession planning in my last posting; most of the senior gear engineers I know are planning to retire in the next few years and their organizations are scrambling

Gear Talk With Chuck

Planning for Disaster

The massive flood damage in Houston will take years and billions of dollars to repair. Even with plenty of warning, there was no way to evacuate millions of people and

Gear Talk With Chuck

Cost Reduction Ideas

A commentator recently asked for “real world” examples of how he could reduce costs and win more orders. Improved technology is often cited as the “best” way to do this

Gear Talk With Chuck

Fact Checking Legends

The much better half returned from her first beauty shop appointment in Oil City, shaking her newly coiffed head. Her stylist was an Oil Country lifer — except for a

Gear Talk With Chuck

Effective Instructions

Have you ever tried to assemble something with poorly written or translated instructions? The classic image of a befuddled father on Christmas Eve surrounded by parts and tools did not

Gear Talk With Chuck

Two Way Communication

One of our disappointments with this blog is the inability to have effective two-way communication via reader comments. We tried it for a few months and gave up after it

Gear Talk With Chuck

Does it Pay to Advertise?

My father was a life-long employee of the Pabst Brewing Company. He was also a bit of a dumpster diver and he frequently retrieved “collectable” decorations for his buddies. At