Tom Peters’ Re-Imagine! Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age 01. 11. 2004

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Tom Peters’ Re-Imagine! Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age 01.11.2004

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It is the foremost task—and responsibility— of our generation to re-imagine our enterprises, private and public. —from the Foreword, Re-imagine

“Uncertainty is the only thing to be sure of.” –Anthony Muh, head of investment in Asia, Citigroup Asset Management “If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.” —General Eric Shinseki, Chief of Staff, U. S. Army

“September 11 amounts to World War III—the third great totalitarian challenge to open societies in the last 100 years.” —Thomas Friedman/NYT/01.08.2004

“The World Must Learn to Live with a Wide-awake China” —Headline/FT/11.03

“Save the date.” Dennis Kozlowski and Mark Swartz. Martha Stewart. Scott Sullivan. John Rigas. Walter Forbes and Kirk Shelton. Frank Quattrone. Richard Scrushy. Miscl. Enronnies Source: Headline/Business Day/NYT/01.08.2004

“Behind Surging Productivity: The Service Sector Delivers. Firms Once Thought Immune to Boosting Worker Output Are Now Big Part of the Trend” —Headline/WSJ/11.03

“As Economy Gains, Outsourcing Surges” —Headline/Boston Globe/11.03

14 MILLION service jobs are in danger of being shipped overseas” —The Dobbs Report/USN&WR/11.03/re new UCB study

“WHAT ARE PEOPLE GOING TO DO WITH THEMSELVES?” —Headline/ Fortune/ 11.03 (“We should finally admit that we do not and cannot know, and regard that fact with serenity rather than anxiety.”)

“One Singaporean worker costs as much as … 3 … in Malaysia 8 … in Thailand 13 … in China 18 … in India.” Source: The Straits Times/08.18.03

“The proper role of a healthily functioning economy is to destroy jobs and to put labor to use elsewhere. Despite this truth, layoffs and firings will always sting, as if the invisible hand of free enterprise has slapped workers in the face.” —Joseph Schumpeter

--79% of U.S. jobs in “structurally changed professions” (“permanently eliminated jobs”) (40K of 160K U.S. IBM) --”As we trade we release more labor from the service sector because our highly skilled and highly paid workers lose their competitive advantage. So we go to the next big thing. We specialize in innovation. We develop new products and start new industries.” (Erica Groshen, labor economist Fed of NY) Source: CNN/Money/01.07.2004

“There is no job that is America’s God-given right anymore.” —Carly Fiorina/ HP/ 01.08.2004

“The world has arrived at a rare strategic inflection point where nearly half its population—living in China, India and Russia—have been integrated into the global market economy, many of them highly educated workers, who can do just about any job in the world. We’re talking about three billion people.” —Craig Barrett/Intel/01.08.2004

+/- The Boston Club: Corporate Salute (10.28.03)

“Either we modernize or we will be modernized by the unremitting force of the markets.” —Gerhard Schroeder

You must become an ignorant man again And see the sun again with an ignorant eye And see it clearly in the idea of it. --Wallace Stevens/“Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction”

“A California biotechnology company has put the entire sequence of the human genome on a single chip, allowing researchers to conduct on the complex relationships between the 30,000 genes that make up a human being in a single experiment.” —Page 1, Financial Times/10.03.2003

Sequenom/David Ewing Duncan/Wired11.02 “Sequenom has industrialized the SNP [single nucleotide polymorphisms] identification process.” “This, I’m told, is the first time a healthy human has ever been screened for the full gamut of genetic-disease markers.” “On the horizon: multi-disease gene kits, available at Wal*Mart, as easy to use as home-pregnancy tests.” “You can’t look at humanity separate from machines; we’re so intertwined we’re almost the same species, and the difference is getting smaller.”

“Help! There’s nobody in the cockpit. In the future, will the airlines no longer need pilots?” Grumman Global Hawk/ 24 hours/ Edwards to South Australia Source: The Economist/12.21.2002

“There will be more confusion in the business world in the next decade than in any decade in history. And the current pace of change will only accelerate.” Steve Case

“IT MAY SOMEDAY BE SAID THAT THE 21ST CENTURY BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001. … “Al-Qaeda represents a new and profoundly dangerous kind of organization—one that might be called a ‘virtual state.’ On September 11 a virtual state proved that modern societies are vulnerable as never before.”—Time/09.09.2002

“The deadliest strength of America’s new adversaries is their very fluidity, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld believes. Terrorist networks, unburdened by fixed borders, headquarters or conventional forces, are free to study the way this nation responds to threats and adapt themselves to prepare for what Mr. Rumsfeld is certain will be another attack. … “ ‘Business as usual won’t do it,’ he said. His answer is to develop swifter, more lethal ways to fight. ‘Big institutions aren’t swift on their feet in adapting but rather ponderous and clumsy and slow.’ ”—The New York Times/09.04.2002

From: Weapon v. Weapon To: Org structure v. Org structure

“Our military structure today is essentially one developed and designed by Napoleon.” Admiral Bill Owens, former Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

“The organizations we created have become tyrants. They have taken control, holding us fettered, creating barriers that hinder rather than help our businesses. The lines that we drew on our neat organizational diagrams have turned into walls that no one can scale or penetrate or even peer over.” —Frank Lekanne Deprez & René Tissen, Zero Space: Moving Beyond Organizational Limits.

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