The Fall of the Offshore Empire

POST DATE: June 30, 2016

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

I read the news every morning when I get up. I usually pay the most attention to the business section, because I can tell if there have been any traumatic events in the world by what the market is doing. I recently read that Iceland beat England in a Euro Cup match. What the heck? That win is like my local beer league hockey team beating the Swedish National Team. Wow, can you imagine that. And markets were up! That is weird!
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You Can’t Handle the Truth About Global Competition

POST DATE: April 12, 2016

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

Chances are, unless you were born under a rock, you remember a very famous Tom Cruise movie where he plays a lawyer who cross-examines a General, played by Jack Nicholson. In the climax of the movie, Tom’s character asks Jack’s for the truth. Jack Nicholson’s General loudly responds with, “You can’t handle the truth!”
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When my father immigrated to North America in the early 1960s, he got his first job at a large machine shop. When he reported to work on his first day, the shop foreman took him to a turret lathe and asked him if he had ever worked on a sophisticated piece of equipment like this before. My father surveyed the area and saw the centralized drive mechanism on the ceiling that drove the belts, which powered the machines. His answer was “NO!”
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The Speed of Advancement in Manufacturing is a Real Headache

POST DATE: March 07, 2016

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

I don’t think I’m alone in having this ailment, but there’s no medical doctor that can help me. When I wake up every morning, I find that the world has changed, and I know it will change again the next day. The world I am talking about is the manufacturing world. The speed of change is becoming overwhelming and it’s starting to give me a headache. Again, I’m sure I’m not the only one.
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What Cooking Can Teach You About Business

POST DATE: February 15, 2016

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

I love cooking! It goes without saying that I also love to eat good food. I love the adventure and even the romance associated with food. Dinner is the highlight of the day for many people because it brings everyone together. Every time I have a good meal I usually ask for the recipe. Over the years I have found that the best recipes are usually the simplest. You take a few good ingredients and mix them together to create a great meal. This makes cooking easy and simple, and doesn’t stress me out when I’m trying to make something new. The same applies to success in business — simpler is usually better.
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