The World Is Flat

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  • 1. The World Is Flat Implications for YOU

2. Not Your Fathers World... or your Mothers either! 3. There is no job that is Americas God-given right anymore. Carly Fiorina/HP/01.08.2004 4. When I was growing up, my parents used to say to me: Finish your dinnerpeople in China are starving. I, by contrast, find myself wanting to say to my daughters: Finish your homework people in China and India are starving for your job . Thomas Friedman/06.24.2004 5. The World Is Flat

  • The Triple Convergence
    • Lots of Flatteners In Last 10 Years
    • New Skills and New Playing Field
    • New Competition (India and China)

By Thomas L. Friedman (2005) New York Times journalist, three time winner of Pulitzer Prize. Advocates for middle east peace, green environmentand globalization. 6. Globalization1.0*: 1492-1800 Countriesglobalizing, Shrank world from a size Large to Medium Globalization2.0**: 1800-2000 Companiesglobalizing, Shrank world from a size Medium to Small Globalization3.0***: 2000+ Individualscollaborating & competing globally, Shrank world from a size Small to Tiny 7. The Ten Flatteners

  • # 111 / 9 / 89
      • The Fall of the Berlin Wall
        • World Competition

8. The Ten Flatteners

  • # 2-8 / 9 / 95
      • Netscape Going Public
        • Internet as THE media for information
        • 4 years after Berners-Lee invented the Web
        • Universal usability, accessibility and
        • interoperability of the Web
        • Win 95 shipped 15 days later
        • Number of Internet users doubling every 53 days

9. The Ten Flatteners

  • # 3-Spawned Internet bubble
        • PayPal and EBay
        • MS Office
        • Communication costs plummeted

10. The Ten Flatteners

  • # 4Open-Sourcing
      • Self Organized Collaboration
        • Apache as backend of Blackboard
        • Mozilla / Firefox
        • Blogs
        • Wikipedia
        • Not controlled by corporations or Government

11. The Ten Flatteners

  • # 5-Outsourcing
      • Talented competent programmers and engineers who will work for less
      • Economic imperative
      • Outsource everything you possibly can

12. The Ten Flatteners

  • # 6-Offshoring
      • Movement of Entire Organizations Overseas
        • Dell
      • Not just manufacturing
      • Management
      • Medical
      • Consulting
      • Accounting

13. The Ten Flatteners

  • # 7Supply-Chaining
      • Interconnectiveness of Suppliers and Users
        • WalMart
        • Dell

14. The Ten Flatteners

  • # 8-Insourcing
      • UPS is not only shipping parcels, but also providing smart business solutions.
      • UPS fixes laptops for companies to speed up service. 3 day turn-around, instead of week (s) for product repairs.
      • Take orders from, fill the order from a warehouse staffed and operated by UPS and ship with UPS.

15. The Ten Flatteners

  • # 9-In-Forming
      • Have You Googled Today?
        • Everyone is now a researcher
        • Google now 1 billion searches per day
        • Soon everything will be searchable

16. The Ten Flatteners

  • # 10The Steroids
      • Making collaborationdigital, mobile, personal, virtual Carly Fiorina
      • Computing capabilities - including speed, I/O rate and storage capacity
      • IM and file sharing BitTorrent, Kazaa
      • VoIP Skype
      • Video Conferencing HP & SKG
      • Advanced graphics from video games
      • Wireless communicate with anyone from anywhere

17. Globalization1.0*: Countriesglobalizing Globalization2.0**: Companiesglobalizing Globalization3.0***: Individualscollaborating & competing globally *1492-1800 **1800-2000 ***2000+ Source: Tom Friedman/ The World Is Flat The Individual Matters ! 18. In a global economy, the governmentcannotgive anybody a guaranteed success story, but youcangive people the tools to make the most of their own lives. WJC, from Philip Bobbitt,The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace, and the Course of History 19. Over the last decade the biggest employment gains came in occupations that rely onpeople skills and emotional intelligence and among jobs that require imagination and creativity . Trying to preserve existing jobs will prove futiletrade and technology will transform the economy whether we like it or not.Americans will be better off if they strive to move up the hierarchy of human talents. Thats where our future lies . Michael Cox, Richard Alm and Nigel Holmes/Where the Jobs Are/NYT/05.13.2004 20. It isnotthe s trongestof the species that survives,northemost intelligent ,butthe onemost responsive to change. Charles Darwin 21. People who succeed are those who are the best at Plan B. The New Scientist/09.05 22. How we feel about the evolving future tells us who we are as individuals and as a civilization: Do we search for stasisa regulated, engineered world?Or do we embrace dynamisma world of constant creation, discovery and competition? Do we value stability and control?Or evolution and learning? Do we think that progress requires a central blueprint?Or do we see it as a decentralized, evolutionary process?Do we see mistakes as permanent disasters?Or the correctable byproducts of experimentation? Do we crave predictability?Or relish surprise? These two poles, stasis and dynamism, increasingly define our political, intellectual and cultural landscape. Virginia Postrel,The Future and Its Enemies 23. You do not want to beconsidered the best of the best.You want to be considered the only ones who do what you do! Jerry Garcia Grateful Dead 24. Future Skills

  • Think Solutions
      • Problem Solving
  • Think Interaction
      • Mobile and Virtual
  • Think Specialist
      • Application Specialist
  • Think Flexible
      • Multiple Skill Sets

The most important ability isto learn how to learn 25. Rule #1:When the world goes flatand you are feeling flattenedreach for a shovel and dig inside yourself. Dont try to build walls. Rule #2:And the small shall act big. One way small companies flourish in the flat world is by learning to act really big. And the key to being small and acting big is being quick to take advantage of all the new tools for collaboration to reach farther, faster, wider, and deeper. Rule #3:And the big shall act small. One way that big companies learn to flourish in the flat world is by learning how to act really small by enabling their customers to act really big. Rule #4:The best companies are the best collaborators. In the flat world, more and more business will be done through collaborations within and between companies, for a very simple reason: The next layers of value creationwhether in technology, marketing, biomedicine, or manufacturingare becoming so complex that no single firm or department is going to be able to master them alone. Rule #5:In a flat world, the best companies stay healthy by getting regular chest X-rays and then selling the results to their clients. Rule #6:The best companies outsource to win, not to shrink. They outsource to innovate faster and more cheaply in order to grow larger, gain market share and hire more and different specialistsnot to save money by firing more people. Rule #7:Outsourcing isnt just for Benedict Arnolds. Its also for idealists. Source: Tom Friedman/ The World Is Flat