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"Nothing can do you so much harm as a lousy competitor.  Be thankful for a good competitor."

At the dawn of a new decade, countries around the globe have come together to compete in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and celebrate extraordinary athleticism and team work. 

Do the Olympics celebrate competition or cooperation or both
Would it be possible to compare the results if there were no agreed standard of measure of field of play?  Is a Billy Wier better than Shaun White or do we appreciate them for their differences and abilities to excel in one area? 

Just as athletes compete in sports where they are suited, with the competition providing a vision to do more and different, is it possible for our organizations to excel by differentiation in addition to competition?
What do we get from our competitors? 
The new decade before us has started in the spirit of global cooperation while embodying the stiffest competition at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.  For centuries the Olympic Games have represented putting aside national differences to demonstrate extraordinary athleticism.  Countries come together communicating and agreeing on one standard of measurement, one field of play, one vision of competitive excellence.  Dr. Deming begins The New Economics with a quote from Alfred Politz, "Nothing can do you so much harm as a lousy competitor.  Be thankful for a good competitor."  As Lindsey Vonn, Olympic skier, attempts a quest for five Alpine skiing medals, can there be any question that global excellence in the sport has driven her to reach gold winning performance? 

Is it possible to translate this spirit of cooperative competition, leading to excellent performance, to the world of economics? 

How would business transform if there were meetings of direct competitors, tiny and huge, working together as a system-on the design of products, export policy, tests of instruments, so that anybody's product would agree with the customer's instruments? 

In order to achieve this, our thinking of the boundary of a system must be greater than a company itself to include the entire industry, and perhaps more.

Would better thinking about thinking bring such a change?  
Would such an awareness bring more progress into view? 
And, in what ways could you become more aware of your thinking, feelings, and action?
We invite you to explore these and other questions; come and share your vision of team work with fellow leaders, and learn from them.  Each year we welcome a community of leaders who come together to learn, to better understand, and to discover; leaving rejuvenated to bring forth a better world through better thinking.  
We are delighted to announce that registration is now open for our Ninth Annual Forum, titled "Juggling Roles, Goals, and Context...In2 Harmony." 
And now, we ask you to invest a few minutes of your time at our 2010 Forum website and, considering what you will experience in our Forum, we hope you will register to join us in April.
In2:IN 2010 Forum Team
In2:InThinking Network 2010 Forum
Juggling Roles, Goals, and Context...In2 Harmony
In2:InThinking Network
Each month, we join with Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's Enterprise Thinking Network to invite you to participate in a conference call with esteemed Thought Leaders and meet them mind-to-mind.  Once a year, we invite you to meet such Thought Leaders and fellow InThinkers; and meet them both mind-to-mind and face-to-face. Soon, it will be time to convene in Los Angeles.

Through our planning efforts, we selected a Forum theme which is inspired by the efforts of our members to engage in thinking transformations. This year we celebrate the ability of our members to continue to "Juggle Roles, Goals, and Context...In2 Harmony"
This year's presentations provide us with ample opportunities to explore the potential for thinking together, learning together, and working together. Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack will get our thinking off the ground with their opening keynote to provoke us with "The Cosmic Context for the Human Future."  David Langford will close with a focus on "leadershp and learning in2 quality."  In between, we'll be provoked by Elaine JohnsonFelix Taresenko, Annie Barron, Lew Rhodes, Doug Busch, Tim Higgins, Debra Lewis and Doug Adams, Peter Stonefield, and Robin Solomon.  And, let us not forget a wonderful evening with our musical guest, Christen Lien.  

As always, we have scheduled a wide variety of pre- and post-conference seminars and workshops, all offered free of charge to attend, on topics ranging from Deming's Ideas in the 21st Century to Idealized Design: Beyond Problem Solving to Agile Leadership - The Change Agent, set two days ahead and two days after the weekend conference, making for six days of mental and physical provocations, designed to maximize transformation so that our future will not just be survival, but thriving.  All for an investment of your time, energy, and $400, with a $50 discount for registrations received before Thursday, March 25th. 

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