Israel’s Operation Orchard – Victory On A Microchip

Operation Orchard – Syria is about to go nuclear, then somebody turned off the air defense radar & Israeli jets are inbound to target. This is September 6, 2007, not all that long ago. One moment the reactor is there, the next moment a hole in the desert. Go figure! Is it just coincidence that…

Competition, Complexity & Risk

“Due to the systemic nature of emerging risk, and the severe potential impact of such events, companies with slight advantages in detecting and managing emerging risks can obtain significant competitive opportunities.” Accenture, 2011. Accenture is actually talking about Brian Arthur’s Law of Increasing Return[1] (although it is doubtful they are aware of this) where a tiny advantage…

Performance, Risk, Complexity & All That Jazz

What do we mean by “performance?”  It’s not a philosophical question to ponder over a Starbucks.  The world is awash with complexity and uncertainty. It’s show time, folks. Performance? Are your expectations realistic?  Better yet, are your expectations relevant?How do you know? We know from ecology that some entities – fish, fauna, football teams, multi-nationals –  become…

Game Changing Risk & Globalization

There is no free lunch. You want global reach? Well, you also get global risk. You cannot just outsource and forget, or it will come back to bite you in your market capitalization and brand loyalty. Upstream trading partners are much less “visible” while simultaneously assuming more and more control over key manufacturing and process operations. Today it is all about supply side risk and developing resilient strategies to survive in the global market.