Are you ready for the return of Gearbox Magazine?
I am. Kinda. Okay, so I’m shitting bricks. I’m terrified. [Read more…]
I’ve already mentioned living on Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Riding the 3-wheeler, getting bit by the same dog twice, Dad’s brand new Chevy conversion van – the one stolen/repo’d our first week in Detroit. What I didn’t mention was Fort Bliss was where my brother and I had our first run-in with a Volvo. [Read more…]
It’s been over two months since the last time I published anything here.
Could this be the end of Gearbox Magazine?
Part of me says yes. Part says no.
The second half of my first grade year took place in Seattle, Washington. I’ve never lived in a more interesting neighborhood than I did there. I asked my mom if she remembered the address so I could Google Street View the place. All she remembered was “Magnolia” and the street was “a number of some kind.” (Hey, it’s been 30 years.) [Read more…]
If you hadn’t noticed, I’ve shifted towards more storytelling here lately. I’m trying to post more often; working on my gearhead autobiography. [Read more…]
(Reminder: This is a rough draft.) [Read more…]
And airplanes. Not so much boats and motorcycles, though I’ve always admired them from a distance. Chalk it up to one of those things where you know you’d probably love it and have even less time and money to spend on yet another interest. [Read more…]
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a gearhead. To me, that was better than being anything else. To be a gearhead was to explore the world. [Read more…]
It’s hard to say, who ya are these days,
But you run on anyway, don’t you baby?
You keep runnin’ for another place,
To find that saving grace.
This is me. Sometimes. Right now, maybe.
I’ve wanted one of these since 1991
How agile are you? No, I’m not talking about your ability to stand on one foot, pat yourself on the head with one hand, and rub your belly with your other. I’m talking about intellectual acuity – your ability to think critically on the fly and convert new information into actionable knowledge.
By the way, how’s your project coming along? [Read more…]
It’s been two weeks since I last logged into the site to do anything.
Dealing with ambiguity, creativity, innovation management
Is this a self-help or car magazine? This time out, we’re going to take a look at dealing with ambiguity, creativity, and innovation management. In response to reader feedback, this installment is 59% shorter than the last one!
STRATEGIC SKILLS: decision quality, intellectual horsepower, learning on the fly, problem solving
Decision maker. We might all make thousands of decisions in a day, but we all know “decision maker” is a title reserved for high ranking people with power and authority to call the shots. The CEO, the President, your mom. Competency in solving problems, learning on the fly, and making quality decisions are what gets you there.
Preconceptions run deep. Ever say something, hear the words coming out of your own mouth, and go, “Wow. Did I really just say that out loud?” It’s usually something really dumb, too, isn’t it? I hate when that happens, but the other day, I heard myself say something that surprised me. Not so much that it was dumb, but that it flew in the face of what I thought I believed.
Work-life balance. Business or pleasure. Ya gotta keep ‘em separated. Or do you? Here’s 10 skills employers are looking for in 2015. If you’re not referencing your automotive experiences to highlight your abilities in these areas, you should.
UNDERSTANDING THE BUSINESS
Business acumen, functional/technical skills, technical learning
We’ve learned a lot about working on vehicles over the years, but how much of what we’ve learned in the garage can be applied elsewhere in our lives? The rest of the world thinks what we do is just “playing with cars.” Today, we’re changing that story. Today, we start looking at modifying our lives through the lens of modifying our machines.