These are indeed interesting times, but they are not much different, or more difficult, than any other time in the last century.
Meet Sam. He's not my son-in-law, but he's certainly more than my daughter's boyfriend; he's the father of my grandson - "baby Paul," named after yours truly. I don't know what the heck to call him most of the time, except Sam, the hardest working 30-year-old I know. He has his own company installing and servicing garage doors, and for kicks (while on my sabbatical), I decided to help him out and learn his trade.
There's nothing wrong with being "different," or so we say. As parents, we try to teach our kids to be tolerant and accepting of other kids, regardless of their appearance or nationality. And when one of our own kids is feeling unconnected in their peer group, we encourage them that it's okay to be different because we all have different strengths and talents.
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."
Product Safety & Liability Prevention Seminar
August 7-8, 2019
Digital Industry USA
September 10-12, 2019
EMO Hannover 2019
September 16-21, 2019
Autonomous Mobile Robot Conference
September 17, 2019
International Metrology Congress
September 24-26, 2019
CMTS: Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show
September 30-3, 2019