With graduation season coming there will be many chemical engineers on the market looking for their first jobs. There are many opportunities with operating companies, engineering companies, startups, venture capitalists (yes, engineers in the financial industry), and consulting firms. Nevertheless, my first choice is sales, so let’s flesh out a technical sales description. Why technical … Continue reading What Are Process Engineering Responsibilities in Technical Sales
This is a difficult moment in the world. Maybe you know someone that has been impacted by or struggled with COVID-19. We have all seen businesses coming to a halt and our daily lives upended. My heart goes out to everyone who has been impacted. For some, cooking is a way to show love. So, … Continue reading Quarantine-Inspired Culinary Innovation
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 … Continue reading Road Warrior’s First Business Travel after 96 Days
So, here we go again…intertwining two seemingly unrelated topics — creativity and eight-limbed ocean dwellers — in one interesting blog. Over the years, as my readers know, I’ve enjoyed discussing fresh sources of innovation. Today, it’s the octopus. First some technical details: Octopuses have eight arms, round bodies and bulging bilateral eyes. The 300 species … Continue reading Creativity: Lessons Learned from Octopuses
My first blog of 2018 talked about the “speed” of the world and recommended slowing down and reflecting. Well, here’s some free chemical engineering advice as the year draws to a close: It’s important to take the time to review facts and data, analyze decisions, gather inspiration from many sources, and finally proceed with definite actions. Still, … Continue reading Busyness versus Business and Chemical Engineering Action
I wouldn’t recommend anger at work, but sometimes engineers do get angry at a process, problem, or piece of equipment. On the other side, in technical consultative sales, we try not to get angry at our clients, at least not directly. After all, in the business world, anger is often viewed as an unsavory emotion. … Continue reading Business Building and Anger
Loyal followers of this blog already know some of my background and likes. Now, you get to learn that I’m a big fan of John Belushi and The Blues Brothers. I link this to my years spent living in Chicago and my Master’s Degree earned from the School of Engineering at Washington University (Wash U) … Continue reading Being a Doer and The Blues Brothers.