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Road Warrior's First Business Travel after 96 Days    

Photo by Sheila on Pexels.com First, let me say that in these challenging times, we all must be diligent in our approaches to our business and personal lives.  My heart goes out to everyone who has been impacted by COVID-19.  To help in my own way, I wanted to offer my recent experience with business travel. Precautions during the pandemic saw me staying put for the longest stretch of time without travel in over 35 years. Of course, it was good to be home. But the time came to get out and see…


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6 Global Trends Driving Filtration and Separation Technology Innovation

This guest blog by Molly Henry of the American Filtration and Separations Society (AFS), appeared on their site (with my editorial assistance). For those who missed the original, I thought it was information worth sharing again here (in edited form) regarding the global filtration market. As our population grows and urbanizes, so does our need for clean energy, pure water, increased food supplies, advanced medical care, and improved digital devices and processing power. Filtration and…


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The Business of Breathing

Photo credit: Sole Treadmill via Foter.com / CC BY As loyal readers already know, I sometimes mention my yoga practice, which includes headstands, shoulder stands, tripod stands, etc. It helps give me a break from non stop work and travel. The important component of yoga I want to discuss today is the business of breathing. Yoga involves controlled breathing, while the high-risk world of freediving involves holding your breath — these are two different ends of the spectrum with benefits for…


Genchi Genbutsu

Get Out There and Learn!

Photo credit: NASA Goddard Photo and Video via Foter.com / CC BY Years ago, when I was an MBA candidate at the University of Illinois, we were introduced to the MBWA (Management By Walking Around) principle. In Japan, the principle is known as “Genchi Genbutsu.” Toyota, in particular, is known for this “actual place, actual thing” philosophy. Ultimately, in all aspects of engineering — from operational efficiency to process development to system dynamics — this “go and see for yourself”…


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Cruising Into a Future with LNG

Image source: Travel Weekly In mid-April, I attended GasTech 2017 in Tokyo. The focus of GasTech was Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and its impact on the world’s energy balance, carbon emissions, and technology. Now, I didn’t take a cruise ship all of the way from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Japan, but there are some interesting overlaps between LNG and cruising. Why Liquefied Natural Gas First, we need to understand LNG and its growing market share. LNG is an odorless, colorless and…