The military have long used “red teams” to test their battle strategies and defenses. Corporations have used this technique more recently to test IT infrastructure against cyber-attacks. But what if you created a team to figure out ways to put the entire company out of business? Would your leadership appreciate your ideas and move quickly to counter these potential threats, or would they toss the report, bury their heads, and maintain the status quo?
October 27, 2013 - A letter sent to the Chairman, CFO and Chief Executive of BP on September 9, 2013, is one among 45 sent to fossil fuel energy companies by a group of 70 high-powered investors representing $3 trillion i
TechCast (www.TechCast.org) surveys Critical Issues on the big problems of our time, and our latest is on the global economy – “Will the Economy Boom or Bust?” This survey has only received a few responses thus far, but the results are fascinating:
• Almost 60 % of the respondents think the stock market indices (DJIA and SP500) will drop below their old highs again.
One common fallacy is that people are being replaced by machines. The reality is that machines don’t work without humans. A more accurate description is that a large number of people are being replaced by a smaller number of people using machines.
Over the coming years we will be seeing a mass disassembling of traditional schools, with pieces reassembling around some new system architecture. Some of the missing elements are testing centers, micro-credits, and credit banks. Here is a brief overview of how and why this transition is about to occur.
Last week I was speaking at the MD&M West Expo in Anaheim, California on the "future of manufacturing." With over 2,000 manufacturing exhibitors filling the convention center, there was no small amount of interest in this topic.
I have been thinking a lot about Time recently—mostly because I have so little of it under my own control. Don’t get me wrong; it’s nice to be busy. However, when something you value becomes scarce, it also becomes incredibly precious.
So here are a few somewhat-connected (at least in my mind) perspectives on Time, and how it affects our work and our organizations. I’ve chosen to focus in particular on how well-managed organizations (and effective individuals) allocate their work activities using Time as a major sorting mechanism.