In our technologically focused universe,
we sometimes miss the organizational view of things. We miss that
a solid analysis needs to reside behind our processes and actions.
A real sense of corporate identity, of human values, needs to be
at the core of our corporations. Talk about a hot topic right now!
Every magazine cover is talking about outsourcing, globalization
etc. These issues are not just about margins.
These issues have a lot to do with organizations and how they think.
How to be successful and grow; how to differentiate the service
model; how to do it faster and leaner than others; and how to do
it with consideration to the needs of the planet and with those
we share this planet with.
If you are trying to grow
a technology firm, in Enablers we begin a series of strategy
article to discuss
growth. Now is the time
to make your move. Corporate spending is picking up and there are
still some good buys if you are going to make an acquisition, for
example. You won’t be a successful acquirer—ask AOL—unless
you consider the real goal is to manage the new organization, creating
new market opportunities with the new assets, rather than just
snagging the acquisition.
In Process we look at SmallSmartFast Organizations—organizations
who perform with speed, leveraging the latest business practices
to increase margins as well as take care of customers. With so
much debate in the public now (Parallax View readers have been
hearing about outsourcing to Asia for a long time from us), there
are some strategies that you might not like, but there are always
But one trade off we don’t
consider enough is how globalization impacts the supply markets,
and environments as well
as the market economies they serve. In The Interview, we talk to
Jeff Hollender, author of What Matters Most and CEO of Seventh Generation,
about an expanded view of corporate responsibility, and the supply
chain. This conversation explores both a more encompassing view
than just standard costs and profit margins. Though we do provide
the data in Policy,
we are looking at the economics of supply markets from Canada, Europe and Asia.
With the media awash in
discussion and debate about us—the
supply chain policy makers and managers—we find ourselves
in an extremely complex debate. The trade-offs are complex, and
to minimize the challenges, as our politicians are doing to win
votes, will not help. We can make a difference—no matter
what party you are involved with. A dialogue needs to take place
that educates and clarifies the decisions that need to be made.
The outcomes need to see world trade as a vehicle to raise the
boats of everyone—we can’t go back to pre-Wilson America!
So in the words of Sting,
Democrats and Republicans are doing the do do da thing...
Poets, Priest and Politicians
Words are to gain their position,
Words to gain your submission...
Their eloquence escapes you,
Their logic ties you up in knots,
The do do do the da da da...
is all I want to say to you.
Forgive me Sting for not getting all the words, but typical Rock
and Roll is like politics. Sometimes, you hear it, but you're not
quite sure what it all meant!
See you next month!