June 10, 2020

My dad just called to tell me about something that happened to him at the lumberyard. He said a guy walked up to him and asked him if he was D..... Simpson. Of course, my dad responded, yes. He proceeded to say you don’t know me, but years ago, I came to your shop and...

May 26, 2020

I recently saw a post stating, "you are judged by your grammar". Proper grammar is not and never has been a sign of intelligence. The use of appropriate grammar only shows you know the rules of grammar and nothing else. It is not a sign of extensive knowledge or proble...

May 26, 2020

Much of central planning is created under the auspices of health and safety with the threat of punitive action if not obeyed. While a person may agree in principle with the original underlying reason for the formation of a central plan once the initial goal has been re...

May 20, 2020

This morning I was able to put words to this. A difference in personality is not a defect in the other person. So many times, I see people looking down on other people because of a difference in character. It's called that most extraordinary of things, being human.


April 18, 2020

In a little less than a month from now 17 years ago, I was working late because my son the next day was having a medical procedure done. I was running the cnc router and watching the clock as there was a tv show I wanted to get home and watch. I decided to make one mor...

January 16, 2020

In my conversations with people who work in management at mid to large companies, I find a general lack of respect for small business. In many respects, I believe the management in those companies feel that they are somehow more educated and intelligent than the small...

January 16, 2020

I had a gentleman message me on LinkedIn. He stated he is an engineer and was interested in what he saw in my LinkedIn profile. I responded to his message saying that I had closed the shop and was in the same position of being an older only I called it experienced work...

November 19, 2019

People value their own work over the work of others.

People have a strange way of placing value. A person will spend $80 for a meal that is soon gone but will be unwilling to pay fair market value for a $30 tool they will use for many years.

Investors value their money o...

November 16, 2019

Business is people first. Take care of employees, then customer's profits will follow.

The store is set up for efficiency but is welcoming in appearance. Warm and inviting, not cold and clinical.

Collect data to improve customer experience.

Getting people to the store is...

October 24, 2019

I have contemplated the issue of people in the workplace. Perhaps the most significant problem I see is people are complex, and companies do not want to deal with complex. Hence, their response is to try to turn people into processes that the company can break down and...

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The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.

Peter Drucker


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