It Takes a Network
In a recent issue of the Foreign Policy journal, Retired General Stanley McChrystal offers his lessons learned on U.S.-NATO team work in an article titled It Takes a Network. Upon reflection, his task force realized the need to transform itself and become "more network than army, more a community of interest than a corporate structure." The situation in Afghanistan demanded far higher levels of agility from the U.S.-NATO forces and he led the adaptation effort. Beyond the environment of battlespaces, greater agility in action and thinking is also desired in industry, government, and education, be it in the anticipation of problems, the response rates to crises, or when exploring opportunities for investment. It takes agile thinking to invest in an early-warning system to detect earthquakes and tsunamis and be able to respond quickly to the repercussions of both. As we've seen over the past week, it takes a network to coordinate efforts in Japan to provide help to the thousands who have been displaced and are now threatened with food shortages and health risks from radiation exposure, let alone the daily challenges to stay warm and dry.
If you're interested in exploring the limitless implications of improving agility in action and thinking in industry, government, and education, we invite you to join us at the In2:InThinking Network 2011 Forum in Los Angeles, California on April 28th through May 3rd. This year, our ever timely focus will be;
"Exploring Opportunities: Imagine...Define....Lead......"
For reservations or more information, visit www.in2in.org or e-mail our Forum Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. The last day for our early registration discount is March 28th, for a $50 savings on our $400 registration fee.
We've heard from a few Network members who are seeking help for loved ones in Japan and have directed them to others in our Network who could offer help. In doing so, we realize how our respective efforts to transform ourselves and our organizations pale in comparison to the challenges being faced at this time by many in Japan. Such a crisis, with both deeply personal and worldly consequences, reminds us of our connectivity; our global network.
In2:IN 2011 Forum Team