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How do we achieve a skilled workforce that is dedicated and committed?


Dr. John Psarouthakis

Executive Editor

How do we achieve a skilled workforce that is dedicated and committed?

That will seek to eliminate inefficiencies.

That will be flexible in the face of rapid product changeovers?

That will be open to new ways of doing things.

That will renew America’s reputation for quality.

I cannot generalize about what everyone should do. But I can tell you about what has worked for me – and showed great promise for the future.

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“The Challenge of Rapid Change”: some thoughts for young aspiring executives / entrepreneurs

What is different about change in our era is not its presence but its pace — the rapidity with which ideas arise, are developed and applied, and the immediacy and degree of their impact on our lives.

Let me illustrate. It took almost 14 centuries to progress from the invention of paper to the Gutenberg printing press. It took just 4 centuries to move from Gutenberg’s hand-carved, hand-set type to the Linotype machine. And it took just over half a century from the first conception of the large-scale digital computer in 1937 to the wide use of personal computers by both business and individuals today. The Internet that has become indispensable to us all has taken a much less time span in its development and the changes it has generated could not be even dreamed of only a few years ago!

Despite progress in many aspects of civilization,

people have historically found change uncomfortable and even threatening. Change, especially rapid change, is often associated with disruption of stability. Since stability usually has connotations of security, dependability and order, which are perceived as positive, change tends to have connotations of insecurity, uncertainty and disorder, which can be viewed as negative. Examples of disruption due to change are all around us. A familiar instance in this state is job security. Until fairly recently, a job with some of our larger companies was considered a lifetime employment guarantee. Today many of these jobs have been shifted from such companies to their suppliers or other industrial sectors or sent overseas   due to technological and competitive changes.

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Systematic Innovation . . . an oxymoron?

David Verduyn is a guest writer for The Business Thinker magazine.
He is a principal of C2C Solutions Inc.,  a company that specializes in best practices for the front end of Product Development.

Introduction

Are “systematic” and “innovation” two words that can’t coexist because they are mutually exclusive?  Isn’t it common knowledge that too much structure stifles innovation?  Can innovation be systematic?  OK, enough rhetorical questions.

I assume that anyone reading this either develops products or supplies a service and many of you do both.  In today’s global and competitive market, most will agree, innovation is a necessary element to thrive, and for some to simply survive.  Unfortunately, there are many forces working against innovation including the two common misconceptions listed below:

Note: a pdf version of this article can be attained by going to:

http://www.c2c-solutions.com/pdfs/SysInnov_Article2010.pdf

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