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Writing in Engineering & the Power of Storytelling

Image source: https://demmelearning.com/storytelling-stages/ In any engineering career, technical writing skills are an important subset of communication, and highly valuable. If you follow this blog regularly you already how much I enjoy writing and communicating ideas to the marketplace. To me, while we may call ourselves engineers and professionals, we are also technical writers. Yet even our writing in engineering can benefit from storytelling. Engineers regularly craft e-mails, white…


Take the Gold for Problem Solving — Olympic Style

This blog often shares perspectives on innovation and leadership, traits we see in spades during the Olympics. As this Winter Olympics unfolds in China, though, let’s discuss the awesome problem-solving skills of the Olympians and what we can apply to our own business endeavors. The performances of Olympic athletes can seem unbelievable. Part of the joy of watching the Games is seeing these amateur athletes accomplish seemingly super-human feats. As we all admire the commitment and dedication…


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Creativity and Innovation and Orangutans

Image source pixabay.com So, here we go again…intertwining seemingly unrelated topics — creativity and innovation and orangutans — into an interesting blog. Over the years, as my readers know, I’ve discussed different approaches to innovation and creativity.  My recent octopus blog fell into this category; now, we have lessons from orangutans.  By the way, I’m not sure where my current animal obsession stems from. I have never had any pets (except for a salamander now and then I found while…


Moonshot & Management Lessons   

2019 is the 50th anniversary of the Miracle Mets World Series-winning season, Joe Namath and the New York Jets taking the Super Bowl title, and the New York Knicks’ NBA Championship win with Bill Bradley. 1969 was quite a time for me as I was growing up a sports fan in Brooklyn. But now that I’m older, I find I’m more drawn to the management lessons we can glean from something else that happened in 1969 — Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins landing on the moon.   In July, a…


Innovating Zero Gravity Espresso

Image source: foter.com Ambition to improve is everywhere, and not only limited to corporate labs and academia. I love to see examples of innovation in any field — from wind turbines to cloud seeding or surfing to strawberries. Those who are loyal readers of this blog know that I’ve already written about each of those. Today though I am turning to some new tech that relates to what we do every day to solve chemical engineering problems. Despite what contrarians might say, humans long ago solved…