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h/t John for another brilliant thought provoking article on strategy. Makes me wonder whether Toyota executives have read your article as "target pricing", long-term and future-driven present actions are embedded in their culture for decades, not so say almost a century. On the other hand reading through reminds me of system dynamics, the field that RAM inventor Prof. em. Jay W. Forrester created in 1957. When working at BMW while they were scaling up the production in Leipzig (from scratch) what you write pretty much came into play. Dealing with challenges in the production by chance I found my way into system dynamics, and started to learn about the forces within the organization that halted or accelerated positive outcome. From that, some IT-tools I could help to create during my time, and some you'd see when going for a plant visit, focused to bring up transparency in real-time, in order to accelerate the feedback and learning cycles. However in organizations with hierarchical structures that takes a complete culture change, as the creative mind on the shop floor (perhaps even not having a Bachelor or Master degree) could initiate the learning and take appropriate action to excel the quality/time of the production. The chance for organizations and especially for their executives (from middle to top) is that the potential of doing things (slightly) different is HUGE! Small things can set up big change into motion :-)
Everything is on the move! Acting as a human body, resilient to what is acceleratingly happening - will be essential. Life is a learning lab. Even the "bad" things that happen around us can teach us a lot. Thanks a lot John for beautifully putting the different strings, stories together. Check out http://gathering11.net & http://darylcook.com/blog
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2011 on LINKS: August 9, 2011 at Global Guerrillas
Thank you John for this very insightful and delighting post. Trust is the essence in the world (it always has been over centuries). Whom do I trust? In the old days it was the one of your tribe in the village, your family - who did not stab you in the back the minute you had given him/her some insights. Then over the last decades it was the person who did not ruin you in a financial sense, taking your knowledge to bring his/her company or goals ahead. It often turned out to be a zero sum game - someone loses someone gains. Zero sum, does that bring the society further ahead in tackling the challenges that lay ahead of us? Certainly not quite, perhaps that has been the pulling force for the Web to evolve so quickly over the last years, enabling to connect with people we sometimes even never see in our life. Does that mean there is no trust being built up that can lead to more? Recently I had the chance to be part of http://amplifyfest.com.au in Sydney where I had the privilege to meet John in person. Even though we only had exchanged through Twitter and Facebook before, meeting him at the first day of the meeting it was like we'd know each other in person for much longer than just the minutes waiting for the coffee. The Web enables us to challenge our own assumptions about the trustworthiness of other people. The new communication channels like chats (Skype, FB) or video (Skype, Google+, FB) enables people to communicate on a basis where one can give and take in small quantities knowledge, insights, feelings, personal experiences to each other without daring to loose. It is an interplay, a "social theatre" as was coined by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erving_Goffman, where we don't know the outcome and have to jump into the "wave" just as the surfers in John'sens (Johne Hagel & John Seely Brown) book "The Power of Pull". Writing and thinking about an experience yesterday, when a FB friend gave me her thoughts that "face to face" is the only trust-building way (does "face to face" mean really means only physically "face to face"?) and a few hours later, while sitting down at Starbucks, I met -by chance- some folks from San Francisco where trust was built during the conversation, only to emerge into a FB connection later on. "Pulled by the Urge of Trust - how to build worthy relationships ?" - should that be the title of the book I am thinking about to write for 30 years now?! Once again I leave this conversation only to await what is emerging out of it and where it may lead in the future. Cheers, and all the best from Dresden Ralf
So true and yet so timely as in the middle of preparing lift-off to combine two entrepreneurial hotspots of this current world. Silicon Valley - Monterrey Bay, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Google, Facebook Silicon Saxony - Semperoper, River Elbe, Saxonian Switzerland, Global Foundries, Biosaxony, Baroque Interested in more check for #nbj2011
Oh, ich vergaß, den Tip zum aktuellen Beitrag erhielt ich von Florian Vogelmaier AKA @fasnix
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.... finde mich in der Rolle seit 10 Jahren zu 100% wieder :-) Danke für den Bericht, gerne mehr und Erfahrungen aus der Praxis (vom Hochwasser zu BMW zu international Conferenceblogging).
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John - Dinos lived pretty safe until the day of the "black swan", the surprise that took their breath. Similar will happen with the large corporations and the ones that run on "hierarchy gears". As soon as the speed of change is going so fast the traditional control mechanisms are out, the organizations break down. It may last a bit longer, different in different areas of the world, due to the stage of being. In the former decades the "big ones" could move to another country and nobody than seeing distance would notice what was happening. Today the World Wide Web enables that we see, feel, and react in real-time to developments thousands of miles away. Web cams bring us to the places of interest and change. The technology is there! Only the mass of the population has not yet grabbed on the use, and got the "handle of the tool" in their hand. If someone gives you for the first time a hammer, and says, "that is for knocking in nails!!" you probably would have no clue what to use it for especially when a nail is not known to you. But a hammer can be used for dozens of other uses such as: weighing, crack bricks, flatten paper, door stopper, .... So we have to get out more stories of what can be done with the World Wide Web, tell the stories, and make people curious in which way they can use parts of it for their own benefit and problems/ challenges to be solved. One of these challenges is: creating open ventures! Cheers, Ralf PS.: ... on my way to http://twitter.com/amplifyfest in Sydney, where to find out more about using the "new tools" really for.
On my question to a on Web services specialist lawyer and participant of http://mobilecamp.de, whether there is a flawless process for doing tax and bookkeeping work electronically the answer was: "If you have a Mac there is no way! Paper still rules!" ... in a time of accelerating growth of information and pace of change the paradigm of the "old times" still keeps the official processes in place hindering lots of new business entrepreneurs to kick-start their business. It happened to me myself starting back late in 2008. As a lean consultant and evangelist for several decades I was positive to make the change. However I quickly got entrenched in the ordinary procedures done on paper while most of my work is done on the Web across interdisciplinary and distanced teams. A couple of weeks I had to quit my company due to lack of financial foundation. The vision was to set up a fast scaling "coworking" hot spot, that provides value to SMEs and organizations on how to cope with the ever accelerating change especially social media and the Web. Timing was probably not right at this time, just too early. More on the concept at http://flavors.me/LockSchuppen When you have advise on what to make better next time, I am really happy to hear. [it won't be my last startup ;-) Defeat is not an option!]]
Annalie - a lovely interview with so much truth:-)
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