Odds and Sods

Our Business Development Manager, Ivan Banks, would refer to a collection of miscellaneous items as “odds and sods”.  In honor of Ivan, who is in Shanghai for business and was temporarily without his luggage courtesy of the airlines, here’s a collection of odds and sods for this week’s blog entry:

Trade Show in Shanghai, China This Week

If you are in or near Shanghai this week, stop by and see EXAIR at the Shanghai International Automotive Manufacturing Technology and Material Show.

Make sure to tell Ivan you read about him in our blog!


Tough But Fair or Abusive?

Last week, I posted an entry about math class and business, and it garnered two kinds of responses.  In the first group, there were classmates that said I barely scratched the surface in describing the “torture” that they endured in that particular class.  In the second group were people that shared their own “tough teacher” stories.  The theme common to both groups of responses was that a “tough but fair” approach was helpful and educational, while anything in the realm of “mean, abusive, or playing favorites” was not helpful and in fact, destructive.

Welcome to Management 101.

Plan A is proven to work and build successful students (and employees).
Plan B never works for long.

Choose your path wisely.


Congratulations and Good Luck!

Once again, congratulations and good luck to the 11-12 year old all-star team from  West Side Little League.  This local team is representing Ohio as state champions in the Great Lakes Regional this week, and has advanced to the championship game against Illinois.  The game is scheduled for 5pm on Saturday in Indianapolis, and is set to be televised on ESPN.  The winner of that game advances to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA beginning next weekend.

Ken Coomer and Tim Nichting coached the WSLL team to the LLWS in 2007, and they are trying to book a return trip to historic Lamade Stadium this year.

Good luck to Ken, Tim, the parents and the team!

It would be great to have a local team represent the Great Lakes region again this year.

Bryan Peters

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