A management consultant draws upon his life experiences to make a point
Some may ask, how is the present moment different than other times? Our outlook is that the world is increasingly a place of volatility, confusion, tumult and unrest. Times are difficult. My wife Cindy has been spending a lot of time with her yoga teacher. Think of events of the past decade. 9/11, the Iraq War, the Bush Administration, the Kerry-Edwards ticket, the financial crisis, 10% structural unemployment, peak oil, the success of the American Idol franchise, rising food prices, and arguably, more than ten years without a single credible indie rock album. It’s no wonder that a lot of people today are saying things like, “Let me take a rain check for the rest of the 21st century.” And that’s exactly why I have taken out a three-month lease on a room at the Hampton Inn where I have stored a case of vodka, a Sega Genesis and a bunch of old Pearl Jam records. Now may be the time for your corporation, too, to posture itself defensively.