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Gear Talk With Chuck

How Much Education is Enough?

My last posting may have left you thinking I was anti-intellectual. Far from it; my point is that education is fundamentally different than training. Training teaches you to perform a

Gear Talk With Chuck

Education vs. Training

Buried deep within the never ending debate on job growth is a fundamental misunderstanding on the difference between education and training. I am a strong supporter of traditional apprenticeship programs

Gear Talk With Chuck

Is There a Future in Gears?

I have several vivid memories of my first week as an apprentice back in 1971. One was the shock of getting a printout from Human Resources in my first paycheck

Gear Talk With Chuck

Where Did All the Big Projects Go?

Remembering the “good old days” too often or too fondly is an occupational hazard for a veteran blogger like me. I try to temper “story time” with reflections upon how

Gear Talk With Chuck

Who Do You Think You Are?

My last posting recommended preparing an “elevator pitch” ahead of attending the AGMA Fall Technical Meeting and Gear Expo. I have gone through this exercise frequently over the years and

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

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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

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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

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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

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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