In Helping Others, I Help Myself – My philosophy.
Happy Anniversary! – Milestone thoughts on being out of a full-time job for a year.
Tarnished Endorsements – LinkedIn endorsements, and why I don’t want them.
The Rules of Sewage – Water, sewage, and lessons for judging human character.
Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations – Thoughts on diversity and tolerance.
Happy Anniversary 2 – Milestone thoughts on being out of a full-time job for two years.
Two Kinds of People – There really are two kinds of people. I opine on the difference.
Some Interesting News About Health and Weight Loss – Summarizing some recent developments in our understanding of fitness, health, diet, and weight loss. (Published on LinkedIn.)
The Hairs-Breadth Challenge – Exhorting readers to make the effort to be kinder, better, work towards their goals… even if only by the breadth of one hair every day. (Published on LinkedIn.)
ENGINEEERING – Design, Manufacturing, DFMA, Materials, Problem Solving
Engineering Change Orders – Thoughts on the ECO process and capturing more information in it.
The Value of Analysis (Part I) – Case study of value analysis sessions to reduce costs.
The Value of Analysis (Part II) – Case study of value analysis and the importance of competitive benchmarking.
Fix the Problem I: Eliminate Variability, or Adapt to It – Case study of identifying where variation in a process comes from, and how to handle it.
Fix the Problem II: Medical Blister-Pack Punctures – Case study of finding the location of where a customer-found problem originated, and some proposed solutions.
Fix the Problem III: Ink Adhesion to Plastics – Case study about adhesion to plastics, and how it was solved.
Fix the Problem IV: Water Ingestion into a Headlight – Case study examining a problem at an OEM customer.
Fix the Problem V: Cultural Awareness is Critical – Case study of how an understanding of Japanese culture avoided costing people face.
Case Study: Choosing Plastics for a LEGO Toy Truck – Case study about how to select plastics for an application from my career.
Design for Assembly: A Child Sippy-Cup Cap – Case study of a DFA problem showing how partial symmetry can be a problem.
Fix the Problem VI -The Role of Material Microstructure in an Overmolding Application
Choosing Plastics – Why it’s important to think of the end goal – minimized part cost – and not obsess over price per pound of resin pellets.
Visiting Suppliers – Three examples of why visiting suppliers, whether prospective, established, or best-in-class, is a very good idea.
Fix the Problem VII: Product Launch Crisis – Case study about a product launch going particularly badly, and how we worked to identify the critical areas to focus attention.
Fix the Problem VIII: The Problem Toggle – Two examples of solving a problem by truly understanding the root cause… and how I found those root causes.
Fix the Problem IX: Three High-Scrap Issues on a Product Family – Tracing the root causes and eliminating the scrap on three different automotive radiators.
Fix the Problem X: Learning from Interview Problems – Three short case studies of problems I was presented with in interviews, as a part of seeing how I approach problems.
Fix the Problem XI: The Measles Chart – A very simple graphic, used as a first-pass data collection scheme in production trouble-shooting, can reveal tremendous amounts of useful information.
Lean Manufacturing: Weighing Theory vs. the POF – Lean Manufacturing in Theory and Practice, with a case-history overview.
Fix the Problem XII: When Chemicals Attack – Three short examples, with lessons-learned, about when chemicals attacked products and/or equipment.
Pegging Out the Nerd-O-Meter: My Morning Commute – A statistical analysis of my morning commute time. (Published on LinkedIn.)
BUSINESS PRACTICES / COMPETITION
From HAL’s Breakdown to Competitive Success – Candor, adaptability… and how they contribute to business competition.
Mercenary Workforce – Decrying the “new model” of more and more consultants and contractors replacing full-time people.
Is Your Washroom Breeding Bolsheviks? – To get employee loyalty, employers must show loyalty, and take into account that small things, and emotions, matter immensely.
Old Age and Treachery – If job-hopping is bad, and Millenials job-hop like crazy, why are companies so obsessed about hiring them? A proposed answer.
The Cost of Crazybusy – While it’s understandable to want to do more with less, there are hidden costs to this approach.
Pianos, Cost Savings, and Innovation – Thoughts on the in-the-news innovation crisis, what I believe is causing it, and a few suggestions on how to fix things.
Daleks in the Workplace – There seems to be a denial of emotions in the workplace; everyone is to be neutral. This will result in uncompetitive companies.
Show Me the Stupid – A collection of short and anonymous case studies of where silos, blinders, and “we’ve always done it this way” costs companies big-time. Presented in an educational mode.
Employee Engagement: Not One-Size-Fits-All – To truly engage and motivate a person you need to do it one-on-one, while understanding each person’s individual needs and priorities. And a conclusion about my priorities. (Published on LinkedIn.)
Show Me the Stupid 2 – More mindboggling moronity in the business world. (Published on LinkedIn.)
Corporate Success in a Hypercompetitive World – Resurrection and editing of an essay on competition from my old blog. (Published on LinkedIn.)
Casting the First Stone – Thoughts on using social media to vet candidates
The Lazlo Emergency Commission Report – The dangers of trying to hire people based on an idealized profile.
Check the Foundation First – Ethics and Intelligence are the foundational aspects of considering a person’s fit.
Where the Money Is – Why are companies ignoring networking groups?
Whacking the Nerve Again – More questions of why companies are avoiding networking groups when looking for candidates.
Thanks. Now buzz off. – The treatment of candidates; what goes around will come around.
A Jedi Craves Not These Things – Experience matters in life and in work.
Force and Counterforce: Equilibrium – Proposals for new metrics in the hiring process.
Vanishing Herds – Is the supply of candidates really endless? Or will it disappear faster than is conceivable?
The Moccasin Mile – Musings about only hiring people who have jobs, and the need to think “There but for the grace of G-d go I.”
The Perils of Social Media (Long) – More musings on using social media to vet candidates.
Social Media Vetting: Proposed Standards (Long) – With candidates being given the once-over (and more) through the internet, here are some thoughts on guidelines for doing so.
Are Recruiters Inhibiting Recruiting? – Some recent experiences with recruiters, prompting some observations and predictions about the recruiting industry.
Recruiting Essay: Further Thoughts – Clarifications on the previous essay and further thoughts about the state of recruiting. And an open apology since my intent was not to impugn recruiters in general.
Jurassic Park Hiring – Musings on ATS software and its limitations – with some proposals on how things could be changed to find more and better candidates.
Is No Loaf Really Better than Half – Thoughts and questions for why companies just can’t seem to hire – and don’t seem to be concerned about it.
Fuzzy Limits – Since we don’t have telepathy or gauge readouts of others’ emotions, we need to have fuzzy limits as we judge others and their personalities.
Peeing in the Candidate Reservoir – The poor treatment of candidates does not stay isolated, but spreads through the whole workforce.
What’s Wrong With This Picture? – There are oodles of skilled, educated, accomplished, intelligent, articulate people looking for work. Why can’t they find work? And a challenge to companies seeking people. (Published on LinkedIn.)
The Quest for the Purple Squirrel – A series of WHY questions leading to a theory of why hiring managers are obsessed with finding the Purple Squirrel candidate. (Published on LinkedIn.)
Boomer Averse Employers – Digging in to why employers are so averse to hiring Baby Boomers. (Published on LinkedIn.)
Wrong Pictures and Difficult Conversations – A young woman I met can’t find a job… which led me to thinking about how a conversation at a company should go (and hypothesize why it never happens). (Published on LinkedIn.)
Amalgam Employment – How today’s habit of running anorexic for so long has created “smushed-together” job descriptions… that cannot be filled. (Published on LinkedIn.)
FOR JOB SEEKERS
Done In Seven Seconds – Why first impressions matter so much.
The Thinnest of Margins – How small improvements helped my life, and can help yours too.
The “O” Word – Musings about being called overqualified.
Ask – Questions to ask in an interview.
Fit to be Tied – Thoughts on business attire.
Ask 2 (More Penetrating Questions) – More questions to ask in an interview.
Cultural Splinters – Corporate culture is critical; where it comes from, and how to get clues about it before you’re in it.
The Butlerian Jihad – Get thee out from behind thy computer and smartphone… and go meet people in person.
The “O” Word 2 – More thoughts on being called overqualified.
Am I A Fit? – How to close out an interview and ask for objections without actually asking.
Why Am I Here? – How to answer questions in an interview; a new approach. SPARTACUS!
The Name’s The Thing – People’s names are important; don’t assume you can use a nickname.
If They Say “Dead” You’re Buried – What to think if an employer puts you on an “improvement plan”; also, the ephemeral nature of jobs these days and steps you should take to protect yourself as a matter of course.
Resume AVeNReTYA – Your resume is a marketing document. Make it easier to parse your accomplishments and thus move from being skimmed to being read. This post was edited and re-published on LinkedIn: Give Your Resume Bullet Points High-Caliber Impact.
Ask 3 – Five more penetrating questions to ask in interviews.
To Picture or Not to Picture – That is the Question – Discussing pictures on resumes, in social media… and a possible marriage between resumes and social media.
Ask 4 – Still more penetrating questions to ask in interviews.
Differentiate Yourself in an Interview: Beyond Your Background – Thoughts on how to differentiate yourself from the herd during the interview process.
Resume Ruminations – Hopefully adding to the collective wisdom and advice on writing and handling resumes.
Ask 5 – Some more questions to ask on interviews.
Job Seekers: Watch Your Back(ground) – About how I discovered an error in a private criminal background database, what I had to do to get it removed, and how I think it was costing me job offers.
Ask 6 – And more questions to ask on interviews.
Ask 7: Eight (More) Unique Questions to Ask During an Interview – And more penetrating questions. (Published on LinkedIn.)
Is Networking Losing its Moxie? – Networking is still the best way to try and find a job, but it doesn’t seem to be as effective as it used to be. I give some examples and speculate as to why. (Published on LinkedIn.)
Networking Commandments – Rules for networking and for developing relationships, not points-of-contact. (Published on LinkedIn.)
Risk and Reward – Economic policy thoughts; how to get more jobs.
Offshoring: To Insanity… and Beyond – There are other considerations besides the macroeconomic benefit to offshoring; here I look at national security implications. This essay was edited and republished on LinkedIn as A Fly in the Free Trade Ointment.
Reshoring: Throwing Down the Gauntlet – There are numerous hidden costs in sending production offshore; I list some of them and challenge companies to trust American workers.
Offshoring – Don’t Breed Bolsheviks – Regardless of the “cold numbers” benefits of offshoring, the emotional impact – not only on families but on entire communities – is driving an emotional backlash. What happens when that reaches a tipping point?
Juggling Economic Eggs – More thoughts on how the American economy might grow… if some changes are made.
Future Shock – What dangers lie ahead as we rush to automate more and more?
The Threat of AI: The Slow Fade – While others discuss Terminators or other dangers of AI, I’d like to opine on a potential, and far more subtle, worry.
The Robot/AI Curve Accelerates – The tidal wave of automation is almost upon us, and it’s not just First World jobs at stake. (Published on LinkedIn.)
Observations from a Trade Show – Several observations and conclusions based on my recent attendance of a trade show in Boston, MA. (Published on LinkedIn.)
The Soft Underbellies of our Tech Mania – We are racing to connect and integrate everything into one world-wide tapestry; but there are multiple ways to yank on the threads, and people eager to do so. (Published on LinkedIn.)
Old Dogs Learning New Trumpets – Technology has now become the master – with change being pushed, unwanted and untested, to the public. And it’s done out of sheer arrogance on the part of those developing it. (Published on LinkedIn.)
Explosive Growth: Thoughts on Revving the American EconomyAll essays are copyrighted; “fair use” is allowed, and posting of links to these essays is encouraged, so long as proper credit is given. (Published on LinkedIn.)
Kryptonians, Vampires, and the Coming Robotic Calamity – Projecting the future looking at trends in home delivery, medical advances, and AI / robotics.