Thursday, October 24, 2013

Random Thoughts

I had a little time to think more about the systems approach. There are so many intricacies within a complex system that must be considered. In current professional role, I have been fortunate to experience a more in-depth relationship with the inner-workings of several institutions. It's a perspective that is rare to experience for many reasons. In any case, I believe I now have a much better understanding of how to initiate meaningful change. Here are some rules:

  1. Fix the infrastructure to accommodate scale, direction, and innovation
  2. Fix the structure to leverage the skill-sets relevant to advancement
  3. Refine policies  - update and modify
  4. Test the existing products/services against the new system
  5. Refine products/services - update and modify
  6. Build productive capacity for innovation and advancement
  7. Set clear targets (margins, demand, etc.) for successful innovations
  8. Streamline and automate data and reporting systems

Sunday, October 06, 2013

You Don't Have to be Having Fun for Time to Fly By

It's hard to think that a few months have passed since my last blog entry. Come to think of it, this may be the longest lapse in time since I started this blog. In any case, life has been kicking my butt. In fact, I need to be writing my dissertation as we speak. When I come through this - and I will make it through, I have so much to share with everyone, about strategy, about business, and about the knowledge I would like to share with everyone from my experiences in the doctoral program.

However, those moments are down the road. Right now, I need to be about the business of getting it done. I must admit, I am somewhat stuck in the process, mostly scared of the unknown future. The experience and eventual achievement has presented some new options for me. I always tell young students that life should be an expansion of options as you grow older. However, I am finding it more difficult to deal with all the signs and splits along the way. I do know that I want to make a meaningful impact on society, in a positive way might I add (it could be taken many ways). I also want to realize a new frontier of wealth and freedom. It's time to have some fun - work hard play hard.

So, I am working on it, pushing through this experience that has changed me more than I anticipated. I hope all is well with everyone. The next time someone says "time flies when you are having fun", just tell them that "time simply flies because".