Ideas new and old

The seductive appeal of new ideas doesn't make old ones obsolete. Reading through a presentation by Transform Partners, I came upon these aphorisms from a 95 year-old Viennese who remembers walking with familiy friend Sigmund Freud as a nmall boy. Back in 1964, the year Ford brought out the Mustang, IBM announced System/360, and Valdez was rocked by the largest earthquake ever to hit North America, this fellow wrote:

Neither results nor resources exist inside the business. Both exist outside.

Results are obtained by exploiting opportunites, not by solving problems.

Resources, to produce results, must be allocated to opportunities.

The customer is the business.

Peter F. Drucker
Managing for Results


I don't mean to imply new ideas can't improve the world. Transform Partners offers these guiding principles to transform operating performance.

Manage to value, not hierarchy.

Increase productive interactions.

Connect demand drivers.

Accelerate systemic effects.

Reduce costs of coordinatoin.

Design for living system fitness, adpatation, and agility.

Convert stocks of investment in cost drivers to productive value flows.

Optimize operating performance through leading indicators and leading practices.


Posted by Jay Cross at April 2, 2004 02:04 PM | TrackBack
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