There is a little greasy spoon in a small port town on the Georgian Bay, a block from the town dock. It's a great place for breakfast, especially after a night spent on the boat.
Here's a column that's been brewing for, oh, let's say 25 years. Leadership is lonely. And even if you are surrounded by a great team, you should never be too surprised when you find that you are alone.
These are funny times in the manufacturing world. Though unemployment is still pretty high and many displaced manufacturing workers are unable to find work, it is still difficult to find people to fill critical manufacturing jobs. The toughest to fill are those that involve programming and industrial software.
In the last few months, I have done an extensive amount of travel to the different industrial regions in North America, including the Southeast, the Midwest, the Southwest, the "Rust Belt," Ontario and Michigan, for the purpose of building up my own company. Through my role in the London Region Manufacturing Council, I have participated in numerous roundtable discussions and have listened to industry and government leaders speak of their plans, or opinions, on rebuilding or re-igniting industries in their regions. And through it all, I see hope, sense optimism and hear about "the light at the end of the tunnel."
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty recently spoke at a luncheon in London about his new "five-point plan for recovery" for the province of Ontario. Like many present, I wanted to hear a message that would offer legitimate hope for an economic recovery – and a plan that I could really believe in.A simple litmus test for any economic plan is to look at two things: where is the money coming from and where is the money going to? Many plans fail the first test by either borrowing from the future or increasing the tax burden today. This plan likely fails the first test and clearly fails the second.
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