I recently resigned from an administrative leadership position at my university, having served for ten years in this position and an earlier one. The precipitating event involved decisions by senior administrative leadership that I felt limited my abilities to continue in my role. My guess is that it was not intended to have that effect, [...]
Posts Tagged ‘Change’
I gave a keynote lecture on “Enterprise Transformation” at the Logistics International Congress last Wednesday in Bogota, Colombia. I also listened to several other talks from government officials in various ministries, as well as a few academics. I spent quite a bit of time talking with a wide range of people. Overall, I learned much [...]
Most people seem to agree that we need to be more conservative when it comes to energy. We need to conserve our stocks of fossil fuels while also investing in renewable energy sources. Our electrical grid is rife with inefficiencies, ranging from transmission losses to power-hungry devices in our homes. The notion of a Smart [...]
National defense, and acquisition of weapon systems in particular, has long been a target of transformation. The Packard Commission in 1985 provided a very reasonable set of recommendations for reforming defense acquisition processes. These recommendations resulted in relatively minor changes. Blue ribbon committees both before and after the Packard Commission had comparably minor impacts.
President Dwight [...]
On November 15th of 2010, I began a small experiment. The lease on my car ended that day, and I just turned the car in and took the bus home. I decided to see what life would be like without a car.
My office is close to a subway stop and there is a bus stop [...]
Healthcare presents a major challenge for the U.S. We pay twice as much per capita as any other country; yet achieve much poorer results in terms of health and longevity. The current system can be characterized as a federation of millions of entrepreneurs with no one in charge. Even assuming that everyone is well intended, [...]
It is difficult to transform a large enterprise. Leaders of many private sector enterprises have told me that their toughest job is managing the enterprise they have while trying to create the enterprise they want. Not surprisingly, the failure rate is very high, as illustrated by 200% turnover in the Fortune 500 in the past [...]
I am in Beijing and Shanghai for a few days. The reason for my being in China is to chair the International Review Board at Tsinghua University where we are reviewing the Department of Industrial Engineering.
The basic statistics are chilling. In the U.S., 4% of undergraduates matriculate in engineering. Of those that graduate, 12% continue [...]
Last week, I was a visiting faculty member as a Spine Symposium. I gave three talks related to a systems approach to healthcare delivery. The context of spine surgery was purely serendipitous, as the folks inviting me did not know in advance that I have spent several years doing my best to avoid spine surgery. [...]
I have been in Australia and New Zealand for the past two weeks – I am in Sydney right now. The first week was a workshop at Gold Coast in Australia. This workshop was to have been held in Brisbane, but floods reached the second floor of the hotel where the workshop was to be [...]