Some of the decision making that I see going on in this industry is simply amazing. A lot of it involves the words, “Good enough!” I keep hearing those words over and over. It seems to have become a catchphrase in government, industry and many other sectors, replacing previous phrases like “Good thinking”, “Good decision”, or “Good riddance.” Those terms all portray the feeling that care and attention is being paid to something. That someone, somewhere, making a decision was putting real thought into it.
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Tradeshow vs. Internet: In Person Always Wins

POST DATE: December 12, 2016

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

I was recently lucky enough to attend the Japanese Machine Tool Show in Tokyo, Japan. I’ve been to a lot of machine tool shows but this one seemed different right from the start.
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Keep Your Eye on the Prize: Your Customer

POST DATE: December 01, 2016

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

Some kind soul took it upon himself to remind me that the galactically insignificant number that indicates my age will soon be advancing by one digit. Normally, I would have just smiled my characteristically exuberant smile, and not given it another thought. But today, the thought of this tiny digit change made me actually sit down and reflect on what has happened in my life since the previous number advancing incident last year. I thought about what I’ve accomplished and what I haven’t accomplished. It was like taking inventory of this year, and comparing it to last year’s. I’ve done this sort of analysis before, and each time I do, I’m disappointed in myself. It seems like I haven’t done enough – both from a personal perspective, and a business one.
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Lack of Courage is Killing Your Business

POST DATE: October 31, 2016

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

Every once in a while, which lately is more often than expected, I come across an article that makes me really pause and think. In this case, the article in question struck me square in the face with the ‘hammer of truth’. Usually I don’t take reports by large organizations too seriously because they come seem watered down and not as hard-nosed on issues as they should be. This report came out from Deloitte, and although I have not read many reports from them, this one really got my attention. The report was titled The future belongs to the bold - Canada needs more courage. Please Google it as I think you’ll also find it an interesting read.
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You Dirty Rat, You Killed Your Integrity

POST DATE: October 14, 2016

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

Myself, like many of you, look forward to weekends when I don’t have a lot of chores I need to do (or that someone has told me to do). Free of chores you actually get a chance to putter around, relax and try to get rid of the stress of the week. One of the things I like to do to unwind is watch movies in the comfort of my home as I’m not fond of the distractions that happen in theatres. I like to watch old movies as much as new ones, and one of my favourites is Taxi starring James Cagney. This movie was made famous because it was a good gangster movie, but also because it started a famous misquote, “You dirty rat, you killed my brother.”
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