shifts in the economy are all around us. We
just had one of the highest GDP growth periods in history.
Hard to understand it? But for so-called developing nations,
they understand it well. Wealth distribution.
As Editor-in-Chief of this magazine, I get
exposed to many thinkers, writer and executive, who want
to engage in dialogue. I also engage in many discussions
with thought leaders—in business, politics, universities,
etc. The emblem of the sentiment of where we are now is when
an organization like Fortune Magazine seems to be cheering
on the dissection of the American icon, the corporate executive.
We all know about Tyco Dennis’s Two Million Dollar Party.
But in truth, the Enron era we are living through has more
than dishonesty as the issue. Plain and simply, the CEO is
not living up to his charter—growing the company. And
since most Americans are employees of the firms they run,
if they fail to lead, many people fail to, well, be employed.
Parallax View has offered many strategies
over the last few months for executives to think about their
supply chains in new ways. They can lead the firm to greater
markets and higher margins. That is why this months The
Interview, is particularly note worthy. We talked
with Michael Treacy about his new book, Double-Digit
Growth. It is refreshing to see a point of view that
takes us beyond the excuses and provides a framework for
achieving growth. And share holder value. Read Performance about
the new research from Vinod Singhal of George Tech on Supply
Chain Glitches and Corporate Profit.
But, we have to face up to some realities
here—leaner business models mean just that. Technology,
better business processes, etc., do have the desired outcome—ROIC,
which means less assets and less people. This month, we also
have several articles that discuss these strategies. Technology
investments—do they get results? Read APS
Implementation Truths. The data says yes.
Supply Chain and service transformations
leading to loyal customers and growth—yes. Read in Policy about
the Service Supply Chain with comments from Ralph
Roberts, Chairman of Comcast and Michael Capellas, CEO of
Not all strategies are alike. Not all jobs
are going to Asia. Read in Process about
Ford’s new supplier park.
We have to be on the right side of the game
here—leading the transformation. SmallSmartFast technologies
are part of what is driving these profound economic changes.
So, tune into Enablers.
RFID is the big story, especially with the DoD now embracing
"I choose to Win” —Mary
See you next month,
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