Cutting Edge Focus

Lance Discipline Comments

Water is a powerful thing. When unchanneled and allowed to flow free, it becomes a destructive force, overrunning everything in its path. But, when water’s energy is contained within a water jet and focused through a tiny aperture, that same destructive force becomes a precision cutting tool, capable of producing the most exquisite and intricate artistic designs from a solid sheet or …

Staring Off Into Space

Lance Creativity, Ideas, Leadership, Simplicity Comments

The Hubble Space Telescope cost $2.5 billion to build, and its five service missions pushed its total costs to north of $10 billion. Evenly spread across Hubble’s 26-year operating life, the costs of the most significant instrument in humanity’s history come to approximately $385,000,000 a year … every year. The feat of engineering represented by the HST alone is mind-boggling: Hubble’s …

Do Those Corners Matter?

Lance Creativity, Leadership, People Comments

You have a group of round holes that need filling, and you are presented with the proverbial square peg. What do you do? The easy and most often employed answer is to reject the 4-sided offering: that person won’t fit in with how we operate; that idea doesn’t fit with how we think; that solution doesn’t meet the specs we …

Wrong on Average

Lance Ideas, Leadership, People Comments

The popularity of Blackjack arises from two fairly uncontroversial facts: It’s an easy game for even novices to learn to play; Blackjack gives players the best odds for beating the house. Given its simple rules, all the possible combinations of a player’s hand against what the Dealer is showing can be mapped out and memorized beforehand. There only two variables …