Linda Becker is the associate publisher and founding editor of Process Cooling and Process Heating magazine. Linda is also a veteran of the manufacturing beat; she has more than 20 years’ experience covering manufacturing operations.
I’ll admit, I’m a little out of touch on office décor: I have worked remotely since the mid-2000s. Do companies still display the framed art with inspirational sayings paired with dramatic photographs? You know the kind: an eagle soars across the sky in a black matte frame above a meaningful quote about ambition or excellence. If they don’t, they should.
Some farms grow food,” says the soothing yet authoritative voiceover in the commercial. “This one grows fuel.” So begins a recent television commercial from ExxonMobil that brings again to the consumer consciousness the idea of growing algae for biofuel production.
Summer — the season of family trips to national monuments, lazy days at the beach and camping — will soon be behind us. Besides the end of construction season for the northern one-third of the country, the seasons’ change brings us another welcome sight: tradeshow season.
It’s easy to take the breadth of information available to each of us today. Whether you want to learn more about the benefits of crop rotation, the sleeping habits of Australian shepherds or a refresher on the Reynolds number and the equation for flow in a pipe or tube, the answer is just a click away.
As I wrap up our April issue, I can’t help but hope for more April-like weather by the time you’re reading this. Winter in the upper Midwest may have started late — we had green grass until late December near where I live.
Back in my college days, I was introduced to Peter F. Drucker and his work on leadership, management, labor and economics. One of his famous quotes has stuck with me: “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” At first glance, that statement seems obvious. But what are those “right things?” What makes a good leader?
One of my favorite things in my early days of publishing was getting a new at-a-glance planner each December. Part calendar, address book and part personal guidebook, each new calendar offered smooth, unmarked pages full of potential.