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In this emerging era of accelerating change, all organizations must constantly renew themselves to compete and succeed. There are many ways to do this, but none can offer the superlative cost/benefit advantage of gaining insight through an improved mindset. Nothing can bring more and longer-lasting competitive advantage - not any technology, quick-fix, solution, nor merger, nor acquisition - than the timely adoption and application of improved thinking.
 
The ability to see more clearly than your competitors do, to understand better and respond most appropriately; these are decisive advantages.
 
For this perspective; Paradigm Progress explains how organizations of every kind can navigate the nineteen tactical, strategic and structural paradigm shifts that are driving organizational innovation in this new millennium. Each section contrasts the old ways with the new ways, or compares the well-worn myths of business with the new truths that now prevail. Summary tables and notes complete each section, and draw-out the key lessons that must be applied and leveraged for maximum advantage.
 
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Discover the truth behind the myth; 'Companies must be lean and mean to survive.' Your outlook is not nearly as stark as that - learn why.
Chapter 1 Excerpt: 'Corporate Size and Productivity'
 
Companies have always sought the biggest bang for their buck. The two questions which have become central to this issue in recent years are: 1) How do companies become more productive?; and 2) What should companies do with new efficiencies once they are found? The ways in which companies answer these two questions will go a long way toward deciding how competitive they will be in the new millennium.
 
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Find out why profits are a poor measure of corporate health. Learn a better way to measure success; that lends perspective and provides guidance.
Chapter 2 Excerpt: 'Defining Corporate Health'
 
With all of the ambition, energy and creativity we invest in our businesses, it is only natural that we should want some sort of progress indicator. Regardless of the nature of the journey, there is something in each of us that is comforted by the exact details of how far we have come, and how far we have yet to go. The issue here is which scale of measurement companies should use to gauge their performance.
 
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Learn why cost-cutting is not the path to improved competitiveness, and why it may hasten decline. Learn to avoid a negative dynamic.
Chapter 3 Excerpt: 'The Essence of Competition'
 
Since the dawn of commerce, business people have been asking, "How do we compete?" The answers they came up with have varied widely, both in terms of approach and effectiveness. Needless to say, some approaches are more effective than others. To succeed, companies must understand more than just how to compete. They must also understand exactly where and when they should compete, and where and when they should not.
 
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You've heard it many times before; 'Time is Money'. It's one of the biggest business myths ever told. Find out how this can cripple our efforts.
Chapter 4 Excerpt: 'Time Management'
 
If we mortals would think about it carefully for a moment, we would realize that time is the most precious resource we have. This is especially true for businesses, few of which will live even half as long as the average person. That is why it is vitally important that companies manage this precious resource effectively.
 
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The old adage; 'Great minds think alike' - couldn't be further from the truth. Avoid trouble by knowing better and thinking differently.
Chapter 5 Excerpt: 'Intellectual Freedom'
 
Can people recognize a good idea when they see one? The answer to this question is iffy. When a good idea arises in an organization, the answer is even less reliable. Why have so many companies had such a hard time generating, recognizing and acting on good ideas? The short answer is that many companies are crowded with people who are passive and even politicized. To a great extent, this is due to the ways in which new ideas are brought into the company's "frame of reference".
 
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Repeat it often enough; 'Knowledge is power' - and it might gain traction, but it can never be the whole truth; which is more subtle and more powerful.
Chapter 6 Excerpt: 'Knowledge Economics'
 
Most of us know this is the information age. Many of us have also heard that this is the dawn of the knowledge economy. As the experts and academics debate what all this will come to mean, companies must develop their own understanding before the official verdict is out. How companies manage knowledge will decide whether they are a part of this bold new future, or merely one of its memories.
 
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It can be hard to look past a quick fix; but that's what you must do to secure a lasting advantage from new technologies. Read this and understand how.
Chapter 7 Excerpt: 'Technology Issues'
 
Far too many companies have come to understand their technological change needs in terms explained to them by technology vendors. Often, technological change has been attempted simply for the sake of it. As can be expected in this situation, the results are frequently disappointing and usually expensive. For companies to get the most out of new technologies, not only must they understand how to apply them, but also when, where and why to apply them.
 
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Learn why the 'blame game' is a losing gambit, and how winning organizations solve problems when they arise; by fundamentally fixing the system.
Chapter 8 Excerpt: 'Problem Solving'
 
Problems new and old, are problems none the less. This is why new glitches and inherent hitches both invite similar ire. Two important questions frame this dilemma. First; "What do we do when problems arise?" And second; "How can we avoid problems before it is too late?" How companies answer these two questions will determine how often they are faced with them.
 
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The word 'leadership' is so heavily loaded in our culture that 'leaders' often play a role they should not; even stepping-up when it's best to step aside.
Chapter 9 Excerpt: 'Leadership Quality and Effectiveness'
 
The importance of good leadership has never been greater. In large measure, this is because the definition of good leadership has changed significantly. How companies define good leadership will go a long way in determining their success or failure in this new millennium.
 
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The power elite have always sought to manage dissent - while what they should be doing is tapping it. Learn how this can pay dividends.
Chapter 10 Excerpt: 'The Voice of Dissent'
 
Recently, much attention has been focussed on organizational learning. Companies are being urged to learn from their competitors and their customers. While many companies strive to learn all the lessons they can, many, many more fail to listen to the greatest source of insight available to them; their own employees.
 
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What is the greater power; the power one has all to oneself, or how one can empower others? Understand how to achieve the greatest leverage.
Chapter 11 Excerpt: 'Organizational Power'
 
Far too many trappings of career success are expressions of power. Hierarchies, chains of command and managerial rights all dictate their will in no uncertain terms. The members of such organizations know their place and observe their corporate caste. It is orderly, and it certainly suits the corporate elite. But we must ask ourselves: Should we work over and under each other, or with each other?
 
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Many organizations mishandle their high-performing employees. Learn how to avoid these costly mistakes; manage your staff and guide their success.
Chapter 12 Excerpt: 'Employee Motivation, Rewards and Promotions'
 
In the commerce between employers and their employees, selected behaviours are traded for prizes of all sizes. Be it a pay cheque, a simple thank you, or a vice presidency, both parties want to get all they can from the deal. Often though, it is the deal itself that reduces the gains for all involved. Nurturing a mutually beneficial employment relationship will require the creative use of rewards, incentives and recognition, and the strategic use of promotions. To be effective and seize the benefits of maximum motivational power, organizations must understand where and when each kind of employment tactic is called for, and exactly how to execute it.
 
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Many of us take so much for granted when organizing and operating, that we miss opportunities for innovation. Spot the options that offer the most.
Chapter 13 Excerpt: 'Organizational Development'
 
Organizing activities and people to act on them is yet another major challenge that is increasing in complexity. Indeed, without keeping an eagle's eye on operations, all kinds of "fires" may break out. If you are lucky, you will find out about your company's problems before your customers do. But most of the time this is not the case. Why? Because employees are often part of the cover-up. This happens because the wrong demands have been placed on employees, who must then produce results under less than ideal circumstances. Getting all that your workforce can give is a matter of implementing the right organizational structures, and establishing the right environment in which to work.
 
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The objectives pursued with bureaucratic systems of command and control, amount to 'too little', 'too late'. Aim higher and get there, by being better.
Chapter 14 Excerpt: 'Bureaucracy vs Organic Structure'
 
Leaders must work hard to bring all the right elements together to produce even a single success. Without order and movement, the people leaders rely upon may float away on waves of boredom, apathy or politics. In this relentless endeavour, leaders have had to respond to two questions. First; "How do we achieve order?" And second; "What are our goals?" Regrettably, these two questions are so elementary that they are often overlooked, with their answers taken for granted. Or should we say, the answers are mistaken?
 
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They say; 'Fail to plan and plan to fail'; which sounds good, except when the unexpected demands flexibility, and rigid control is what you're best at.
Chapter 15 Excerpt: 'Strategy Formulation'
 
In business, as in any complex human endeavour, people must work together effectively and with common purpose. Giving people in companies a clear understanding of their common purpose, and coordinating their individual activities is a major challenge. Two issues are key here. 1) How will companies develop a common purpose and instil every employee with it? 2) How will the work of individuals be coordinated in step with this common purpose?
 
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It's actually not a 'dog-eat-dog' world; and the hands of subcontractors and suppliers should never be bitten. Make them 'partners' and succeed together.
Chapter 16 Excerpt: 'On Subcontractors and Suppliers'
 
To succeed in the new millennium, companies must develop teamwork as a Core competency. First and foremost, people inside companies must work together as teammates. Yet this is merely the cost of entry. To compete, excel and win in tomorrow's world, people at all levels in our organizations must work as intimately with outsiders as they do with their own colleagues inside the company. By leveraging the learning that can pass between business partners, win/win propositions blossom in the fields of competitive innovation.
 
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The definition of quality that guides our efforts; shapes our chances and chooses our competitive position. Crafting the right definition is well worth it.
Chapter 17 Excerpt: 'Defining Quality'
 
As mentioned in section three, the word "Quality" actually has two component meanings. The first meaning addresses reliability. In this respect, products and services are deemed to be high quality if they reliably meet customer expectations. The second meaning pertains to the number of features that a product or service has. Here, high quality status is given to products and services that allow customers to do what they could not do with other, lesser products and services. However, the paramount question is not how much quality your company can design into your products and services. Rather, what matters is how your company defines quality.
 
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How we perceive our markets and our positions in them; can colour our thinking or even blind us. That's why it always pays to have clear vision.
Chapter 18 Excerpt: 'Defining the Marketplace'
 
The perceptions we hold direct the ways in which we act. Our actions in turn bring reactions, which further shape our perceptions. How companies perceive their markets and their mission within them, will therefore ultimately determine how they succeed, and how they fail in those markets.
 
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How we perceive ourselves and our organizations; will determine - more than anything else - our fates. Change your mind and MOVE UP!
Chapter 19 Excerpt: 'Enterprise Asset Management'
 
In its pure essence, a company is defined by its assets and its beliefs. Everything about what it does and how it does it, are expressions of the marriage between these two elements. The struggle companies must undertake, is to bring everything together in the right way. Most people readily agree that "right" is a matter of environment and mission. Others say it's a matter of principle. To ask; "How do we manage our assets?" is to pre-empt the issue. To arrive at a worthwhile answer, we must first ask; "What are assets?"
 
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This eBook has a 'Life Cycle Inventory'
 
It provides a rigorous three-way comparison between an eBook edition of 'Paradigm Progress', and two hardcopy editions of an equivalent-sized book. One of these hardcopy books is modelled for delivery via express shipping that includes air freight. The other is modelled for delivery by ground shipping carried end-to-end by truck. (In future, delivery scenarios outside of the continental Americas will model for minimal air freight, wherever end-to-end trucking is not a possibility.) We have also modelled for a (tightly specified) corrugated shipping box to accompany both hardcopy books.
 
This state of the art 'distributed' and comparative life cycle inventory details the resource requirements and environmental impacts for specific delivery routes, vehicles and destinations, for a single copy of this specific book, entitled 'Paradigm Progress'. To draw a more than fair comparison between these three different book-buying options, we have also prepared the greenhouse gas footprints of all three purchase and delivery scenarios.

 
For each delivery destination, we have prepared a detailed 'poster-report' (.pdf) and an accompanying set of (.pdf) notes to explain our calculations. At the bottom of this page, you will also find a '.kml' file that provides a summary of this same information. You can view this '.kml' file if you have 'Google Earth' installed on your computer. This file shows the precise delivery routes we have modelled for, and by clicking on the icons you can review summary information about this life cycle inventory. Clicking on the book icons will launch a pop-up window that will load a brief summary report specific for that particular destination.
 
In time, we will add more delivery destinations to this library of life cycle inventories, as we work to further improve and expand our heuristic computer model. Please note: The posters are approximately 1.7 MB in size, and contain a lot of fine print - not because we wanted to hide anything, but because we wanted to fit it all into a single poster. You can use your PDF reader's zoom function to see everything. Don't forget; all of the text is searchable. Right-click on the 'File Links' to save these inventory documents to your computer. PLEASE NOTE: Because the posters are large format documents, you may have to click on your PDF reader's 'zoom' button once, in order to bring them into proper focus.
 
If you have any questions or comments about these life cycle inventories, or a criticism about our work (or a request for assistance with yours), please let us know. Enquiries from Authors seeking an electronic publisher are particularly welcome! You can send instant messages to us through our two homepages for DigiNatal Publishing or Synerlux Consulting; or you can reach us using the contact information provided here.

 
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Lebanon, Kansas, USA
(The geographic center of the 48 contiguous states.)
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Los Angeles, California, USA
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'Google Earth' Summary Report for 'Paradigm Progress'
NOTE: You must save this file to your computer, and then double-click on it for your installation of 'Google Earth' to open it. Otherwise, your web browser will display it as a text document. 'Google Earth' must be installed on your computer for you to properly review this file. The free version will work just fine.
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