2020 Vision: Are Your Stars Aligned This Year?
Depending on one’s perspective, 2020 is either the end of the last decade or the beginning of this one.[i] One can argue that our actual birthday is the day we were born and 12 months later we are one year old. This suggests that on our tenth birthday we have lived a decade and a new one begins. Probably this conundrum will still be a subject of discussion in 3020.
Going to our favorite breakfast cafe the Sunday after New Year’s Day, the parking lot was overflowing from patrons of the local gym in the strip center. New Year’s resolutions in full force. History suggests we will not have a parking problem by sometime in February.
Another Failure of Change Management?
Perhaps, but good intentions without an execution plan and realistic metrics play a role too. Clarity of vision is important during times of transformation.
Organizational lucidity is also important. The annual Letter from the Chairman of every US public company will extol virtues for their coming fiscal year. Note to those in sales—this is what is important to management, i.e., the organization’s value proposition so read it and act accordingly.
We all have a vision about the future of our career. However, another vision is emerging—machines. One topical subject is the so-called Digital Twin or a representation of reality as a 3D graphic.
This pundit and others have espoused this tool in support of Operational Excellence initiatives. This extends human vision in ways that were not available in the past.
One can surmise as this year progresses, clarity in operations may get much better. It follows that those willing to take advantage and ‘change’ how they see the world will progress faster and farther than those who choose not to.
Is the Future in the Stars?
Probably, but not as many astrologers would have us believe.
Stars will align this year for each individual who takes the initiative to make that happen. Not astrological destiny, but proactive leadership with new ‘star’ management systems.
The Year is Almost Three Percent Old, What Have You Done So Far?
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Critical Mass: Value from the RBC Framework
Nuclear physicists define the term, “critical mass” as the amount of fissile material whereby a nuclear reaction is self-sustaining. From that original definition, the construct is further developed along societal and political terms as a function of the environment and number of adopters and their interdependencies that create enough of a consensus for individual actions that sustains an undertaking.
In 1996, the author published the first of several case studies on a societal interaction model based on the Relationships, Behavior and Conditions (RBC) construct among economic actors. Previously the model was only in the domain of academia.
This blog addresses contemporary issues from the RBC perspective and whether in the present state they are sustainable or not. Many readers may be familiar with the “Innovation Adoption Curve.” RBC seeks to enlighten the causality of behaviors that cause movement towards the critical mass that generates movement along this diffusion curve.
Other Blogs by Dr. Shemwell
Dr. Shemwell is an author/contributor for the following 3rd party blogs.
So, You Want to be an Entrepreneur
Dr. Shemwell is a member of the Global Energy Mentors (GEM) Leadership Team. Every month he or one of his colleagues is posting timely tips to help entrepreneurs navigate the energy start up sector. Check out the Landing Page.
Governing Energy Blog
BTOES Insights is the content portal for Business Transformation & Operational Excellence opinions, reports & news. Dr. Shemwell is a contributor.
Consult 2050 connects organizations with a wide range of consultants all around the world. The firm operates an online marketplace for consultancy services.
Essays on Business and Information
This two volume set covers a series of newsletters and opinion pieces published circa 2002-2009, including Bug Lore–Lessons for the Online Economy that addressed real time systems vulnerabilities from Y2K (1998-99).
About the Author
Dr. Scott M. Shemwell has over 30 years technical and executive management experience primarily in the energy sector. He is the author of six books and has written extensively about the field of operations. Shemwell is the Managing Director of The Rapid Response Institute, a firm that focuses on providing its customers with solutions enabling Operational Excellence and regulatory compliance management. He has studied cultural interactions for more than 30 years—his dissertation; Cross Cultural Negotiations Between Japanese and American Businessmen: A Systems Analysis (Exploratory Study) is an early peer reviewed manuscript addressing the systemic structure of societal relationships.