This is a post from 2009, updated heavily.
Canton, Ohio, is a brick and proper kind of town that most people know for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I was there to visit a customer who was kind enough to give one of the new products I was developing a real-world trial. That went well enough, but Canton itself was a bit of a mystery. Why is it there? What did people do that gave them the scratch to create a decent town that was aging poorly? One night I had to ask my favorite authority on these kinds of questions, which is a random person in a bar – color is always more important to me than accuracy. But in Canton, Ohio, there is only one answer to the question as to why they exist:
“Amateurs talk strategy, experts talk logistics.”
– Common US Army saying
Barataria has been discussing some of the key skills and perspectives that define the next economy with an eye towards teaching them to the next generation that will need them the most. Cooperation in competition is certainly rising in importance in a higher technology world, as is the need for a flexible workforce and a greater reliance on automation.
All of these come together with a greater need for strategic thinking, and its related leadership models, but are executed with the great challenge of a time when everything moves faster every day – the art and science of logistics.