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Overshoot

July 26, 2017 0 Comments
Overshoot

Geek Out <Geek Speak> Warning, a bit of geek speak here. Don’t panic, it’s not going to be that painful! Back during the times of my undergraduate education, we often talked about the theoretical issue with a stimulus causing overshoot in a second order system. The image on the right shows that phenomenon in a […]

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What If We’re Wrong-Part 02

June 28, 2017 0 Comments
What If We’re Wrong-Part 02

Robots or Cobots? As many of you know, long before the mainstream business press jumped on the topic, I was fretting over the possibility of a major change in our economy. That change is, in my mind, driven by a lack of jobs due to automation. So will we lose the jobs or will we […]

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Uber and Out

June 21, 2017 0 Comments
Uber and Out

Culture Trumps Everything Yes, culture trumps everything AND . . . money still talks. On Tuesday, 6/20/17, Travis Kalanick, the co-founder of Uber resigned, as CEO. He had taken a leave of absence the week prior, but that wasn’t enough to satisfy those wanting to protect their investment in Uber. So, while Kalanick will remain […]

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What If We’re Wrong?

June 14, 2017 0 Comments
What If We’re Wrong?

We “See” What We Believe I’m not saying we are wrong. And I’m certainly not saying we should plan to be wrong. But what if . . . ? [I think this may well be an ongoing series of posts!] I’ve been thinking more and more about how we’ve gotten so much wrong. From the […]

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Greed

May 17, 2017 0 Comments
Greed

Greed and Pitchforks I was listening to podcasts as I was traveling around southern California in my car. I almost skipped the next playlist podcast when I heard the topic was The Seven Deadly Sins. They hooked me before I could safely move to the next podcast. I’m glad that I listened. According to the standard […]

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The Thing About Risks

March 29, 2017 0 Comments
The Thing About Risks

Business is a risk. The trick is to figure out how to measure the risk. Then to do what we can to mitigate the risk. And finally to decide if the return on the investment (ROI) for taking the risk is positive in our minds. Insurance companies are, of course, in the business of doing […]

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Complexity and Transformation

March 22, 2017 0 Comments
Complexity and Transformation

(This is the final post in a four part series on how growing complexity is transforming our lives.) Continuous Transformation: The common lament these days is that the pace of change is on an exponential trajectory. We struggle to keep up. Knowledge (and of course data) is increasing by leaps and bounds every second. All facets of […]

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Manufacturing in the U.S.

February 8, 2017 0 Comments
Manufacturing in the U.S.

Over the holidays a couple of years ago, I was able to tour the Henry Ford museum. It was fascinating to see all that engineering talent embodied in the decades old machinery on display. I was reminded of this as I browsed through some images on my PC. Can’t Go Back Last week’s post discussed […]

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Leadership Imperative

January 25, 2017 0 Comments
Leadership Imperative

The past does not help predict the future. Why? It’s simple. Nothing is really quite the same as it was in the past. And, we like to lament, our world is getting ever more complex at an accelerating pace. We, the curious, hairless apes, seem bent on accelerating that complexity even faster. We cannot help ourselves—we […]

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Poached Eggs, Customer Service and Sales

December 14, 2016 0 Comments
Poached Eggs, Customer Service and Sales

Here’s the story. I was fixing our breakfast when my wife asked why I wasn’t using the microwave egg poaching device she had recently purchased as a gift for me. Well, frankly, I had forgotten about it and had strong reservations about its efficacy. So I wasn’t all that interested in trying it out. Maybe I […]

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