New Year, Old Habits

POST DATE: January 08, 2016

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

During the holiday season, we spend a lot of time with friends and family to celebrate and catch up. Many of us do this year-round, but it really gets intense near the end of December. I love that time of year because I take time to slow down and indulge in life’s little pleasures. But once the festivities are over, we begin to regret how much we indulged. We resolve to turn over a new leaf in the New Year. This usually includes what we would term “healthier living”. Healthier living usually means we want to exercise more (chances are we’ve been neglecting that from autumn onward), or we want to change our diet to contain more wholesome foods.
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Reflecting on 2015

POST DATE: December 22, 2015

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

We’ve arrived at the end of another year. It’s amazing how quickly this year has gone by. I can’t help but reflect on what has transpired over the last 12 months. Like many people, my thoughts revolve around family, friends, and my workplace. These days it seems like our lives are very complicated, but thinking about the ending of a year can really put things in perspective.
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Are Robots Gunning for Your Job?

POST DATE: December 08, 2015

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

I was fortunate enough to visit Milan, Italy this autumn. It was a very busy time of year, with the Expo going on as well as the International Machine Tool Show (EMO). There were literally thousands of people around you at all times. It really puts into perspective how many people are on our planet today. I attended the EMO show, but decided to forego the Expo since the crowds were too much for me. Walking through the EMO show, I was struck by the amount of automation on display. Most of these displays included robots.
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Ignorance is Not Bliss: Stop Running Your Business Like It Is

POST DATE: November 18, 2015

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

I was driving to work this morning in what I would consider the worst weather we have had in a long time. Here in Vancouver, we have been getting inches of rain for the past week and according to next week’s forecast, the future does not look any brighter. We had a wonderful summer but now it seems like someone is trying to punish us for that. I felt like just turning my car around and going home. How nice it would be to stay there and sip hot cocoa until this weather gets better. I wanted to be like a rabbit, remaining in its seemingly safe little nest.
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Is Your Company Pigeon-Holed?

POST DATE: November 02, 2015

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

One enjoyable autumn day around lunchtime, my wife and I were walking through a piazza in Florence, Italy. We came upon a sight that was a first for me: pigeons resting in the grass. I had never seen so many pigeons resting at the same time. I was so used to calling them Venetian Rats. If you have ever been to Venice, then you know what I mean. They are a constant bother in their unending search for food, scurrying around with hyper energy. Yet here were these Florentine pigeons, not moving at all and just resting in the grass. I could hardly believe my eyes.
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