Updated: 9/30/08; 6:04:03 AM.
Gary Mintchell's Feed Forward
Manufacturing and Leadership.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Interesting article in the October Conde Nast Portfolio on Motorola, "Who Shot Motorola?" The argument is that Chris Galvin shouldn't take all the blame heaped on him, that Ed Zander was the wrong person at the wrong time, and that the board was probably wrong by reacting to Wall Street's short term demands and asking for immediate wholesale change without thinking through the consequences. What's interesting to me is that I've seen the same thing on a small scale in my home town. I devoted eight years to school board politics to get the system back to credibility and stability after a previous board thought they should bring in an outside person and change everything. It took 6 years to straighten things out with an excellent board of five working together for the right management. More recently the board at the local YMCA did the same thing. I'm not involved there, but it appears that something happened to straighten things out before they got out of hand.

Change is good. Just try to make it the correct change.

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Here are a couple of video thoughts on recent travels. This one is from the Invensys Process Systems Client Conference. This one from the ISA Sales & Marketing Summit in Cleveland.

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I've been busy catching up and posting stuff. Last week I interviewed Paul Wacker of Advantech for another in our conversations on Ethernet. This interview is on the technology and application of Power over Ethernet.

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