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Week of 24 September 2018: Management, Sex and Mayhem, Part 4
Week of 24 September 2018: Management, Sex and Mayhem, Part 4

Last week we talked about harassment and one-sided fantasizing. We did not call it one-sided fantasizing, but that is what it was. Our last topic in this series is going to be relationships that start at work. In this case, both parties are willing participants. I think modern communications systems have made these easier to do. Email, texting and so forth are far easier than putting "personal and confidential" notes in internal mail systems. Modern communications are also far easier to trace, too--email and texting leaves a trail that others can find (such as your spouse's lawyer)...

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Week of 17 September 2018: Management, Sex and Mayhem, Part 3
Week of 17 September 2018: Management, Sex and Mayhem, Part 3

In my nearly fifty years in the business world, I've learned that both sexes do an amazing job of fantasizing what members of the opposite sex think of them or how they interact with them. These daydreams are often quite detailed and often R-rated. There is only one problem with them--they are false vignettes that have nothing to do with reality...

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Week of 10 September 2018: Management, Sex and Mayhem, Part 2
Week of 10 September 2018: Management, Sex and Mayhem, Part 2

Harassment may or may not involve members of the opposite sex. It can be male on female, female on male or sex on sex. Your coworkers engaged in harassment can have many different motives, often hard to discern. It is sometimes hard to determine if one is being harassed or not...

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Week of 3 September 2018: Management, Sex and Mayhem, Part 1
Week of 3 September 2018: Management, Sex and Mayhem, Part 1

Several months ago, Helen Roush, our Executive Vice President, suggested we do a series on Male/Female/Harassment issues in the workplace. I agreed and further agreed we would do it in September, our editorial calendar month reserved for management issues. As a warning--these columns may be "R" rated in places--but since we attract an adult audience, this should not be a problem.

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Week of 27 August 2018: Corruption Month 2018, Fourth Week
Week of 27 August 2018: Corruption Month 2018, Fourth Week

Every August, starting back in 2015, we have focused on corruption we have seen or heard about in the industry in the past year. This has become the most popular month of the year for original Nip Impressions columns. As usual, these stories will be told by Fos, a pulp rat. It is my privilege to put Fos' stories in print for you. We continue with Chapter 19...

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Week of 20 August 2018: Corruption Month 2018, Third Week
Week of 20 August 2018: Corruption Month 2018, Third Week

Every August, starting back in 2015, we have focused on corruption we have seen or heard about in the industry in the past year. This has become the most popular month of the year for original Nip Impressions columns. As usual, these stories will be told by Fos, a pulp rat. It is my privilege to put Fos' stories in print for you. We continue with Chapter 18...

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Week of 13 August 2018: Corruption Month 2018, Second Week
Week of 13 August 2018: Corruption Month 2018, Second Week

Every August, starting back in 2015, we have focused on corruption we have seen or heard about in the industry in the past year. This has become the most popular month of the year for original Nip Impressions columns. As usual, these stories will be told by Fos, a pulp rat. It is my privilege to put Fos' stories in print for you. We continue with Chapter 17...

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Week of 6 August 2018: Corruption Month 2018, First Week
Week of 6 August 2018: Corruption Month 2018, First Week

Every August, starting back in 2015, we have focused on corruption we have seen or heard about in the industry in the past year. This has become the most popular month of the year for original Nip Impressions columns. As usual, these stories will be told by Fos, a pulp rat. It is my privilege to put Fos' stories in print for you.

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Week of 30 July 2018: The future of the Environmental Movement
Week of 30 July 2018: The future of the Environmental Movement

I have long railed against what seems to be poor science, or at least sloppy science, when it comes to predicting future temperatures. That does not mean I believe we should be lackadaisical about our care of the planet; it just means I want to be assured we are getting it right. I am still not convinced that we are. However, a couple of things are appearing on the horizon that may indicate we have lost interest in the environment or that we will have to change our thinking about it.

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Week of 23 July 2018: The What and Why of Regulations
Week of 23 July 2018: The What and Why of Regulations

Sometimes we blithely discuss terms without thinking about their genesis or reason for being. The word "regulations" and its derivatives falls within this category. My favorite definition of regulations is this: Regulations are rules, standards or principles administered and enforced by those without assets upon those who have assets. It seems nonsensical. Allow me to explain.

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Week of 16 July 2018: Regulations
Week of 16 July 2018: Regulations

Over the years, I have come to accept that some regulation is good, even desirable. After all, regulations are the government equivalent of standards combined with the teeth of enforcement. Regulations have gotten so good, in fact, that they have nearly put industrial unions out of business--besides pay, the unions served a great need in holding employers accountable for workplace safety. Let's explore some other avenues from this subject for a minute. Hold on--it may get a bit political, not my normal posture in these columns...

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Week of 9 July 2018: Dealing with the public
Week of 9 July 2018: Dealing with the public

I had occasion last week to deal with a citizen in a community that was upset because the EPA was allowing the sewage discharge from their town to go into a large recreational lake. Actually, they were the gullible victims of an organization that was attempting to obtain favorable passage of an activity this organization wanted, and one of their tactics was "greenwashing." Let's break this down. There are many instructive lessons here...

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Week of 2 July 2018: Kicking off Environment and Regulations Month
Week of 2 July 2018: Kicking off Environment and Regulations Month

Talking about the environment, it's condition and its trajectory, is as fraught with danger as revealing one's political affiliation in the United States today. Everyone has an opinion about the state of today's environmental conditions, the trajectory for them in the future, and, furthermore, they know they are right, well grounded in science and the other side is biased and bought off by _______ (fill in the blank). Nevertheless, we will slog on amid the rising waters of discontent and disbelief.

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Week of 13 March 2017: Maintenance Storerooms
Week of 13 March 2017: Maintenance Storerooms

If you have read my thoughts on maintenance storerooms over the years, you will accuse me of having been all over the place, and you will be correct. At one time, I adopted the attitude that everyone should do what they were best at doing, and in the case of paper mills, this was making paper, so they should outsource storerooms. I still think this is good for small consumables and specialized repairs (such as roll repairs and recovering). However, for other items, such as pump assemblies, screens, motors and so forth, keep your own--but take care of them. This philosophy certainly applies for existing papermills (but read to the end)...

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Week of 6 March 2017: Maintenance
Week of 6 March 2017: Maintenance "Costs"

We have been conditioned to think maintenance is a cost and unscheduled maintenance is acceptable. There is no basis for this logic; it is just a rumor passed around from board room to board room. It is time for your senior management to take a long hard look at the numbers, not the traditions...

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Week of 27 Feb 2017: Future jobs in transportation
Week of 27 Feb 2017: Future jobs in transportation

We have spent the entire month talking about driverless trucks, drones, robots and so forth. So what is in the future for humans in this scenario?

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Week of 20 Feb 2017: Deadheading Drones
Week of 20 Feb 2017: Deadheading Drones

We have heard a lot about drones delivering packages, but not so much about the return flights--there will be a lot of deadheading going on. Can this wasted transportation resource be put to good use?

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Week of 13 Feb 2017: Rethinking local transportation needs
Week of 13 Feb 2017: Rethinking local transportation needs

While last week I was talking about long distance transportation of pulp by pipelines, let's look at what should be done locally, given the current state of technology...

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Week of 6 Feb 2017: What has changed? What is new?
Week of 6 Feb 2017: What has changed? What is new?

This is transportation month at Paperitalo Publications. This week, we discuss trucks and pipelines...

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Week of 30 Jan 2017: Keeping Capital Project Costs Low
Week of 30 Jan 2017: Keeping Capital Project Costs Low

There are a number of actions by mill owners that drive up the costs of capital projects. We'll wrap up this month by touching on these...

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Week of 23 Jan 2017: What you don't know about your capital project
Week of 23 Jan 2017: What you don't know about your capital project

Construction projects are complicated, even the little ones. I can guarantee you that you can watch a five-million-dollar project all day long for its entire duration and you won't know half of what happened, not half the interactions that occurred over its duration. There is one contemporary and one post completion test you can do...

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Week of 16 Jan 2017: Why mills lose at capital projects
Week of 16 Jan 2017: Why mills lose at capital projects

In addition to the fantasyland I referenced last week, there are other issues in capital projects that are landmines...

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Week of 9 Jan 2017: Lawyers and Capital Projects
Week of 9 Jan 2017: Lawyers and Capital Projects

Having been in the industry for over forty years and having written my fair share of expert witness reports, I can tell you that major capital projects (over, say, USD 5 million) are more likely to end up in court than not. This does not have to be. OK, Jim, you say this does not have to be, then why does it happen? There are two or three conditions that cause construction court cases. They come up repeatedly...

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Week of 2 Jan 2017: Capital Projects are about to change
Week of 2 Jan 2017: Capital Projects are about to change

If you have been doing capital projects for only a few years, I think some surprises are just around the corner. Here is my assessment of where we are headed, assuming some natural or human-caused cataclysmic event does not occur...

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Week of 26 Dec 2016: Energy/Perception/ Environment Blend
Week of 26 Dec 2016: Energy/Perception/ Environment Blend

Whether you are the CEO, Mill Manger, Energy Czar or a Project Engineer, your job today is more demanding than ever as we deal with energy, the environment and public perception...

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