Friday, January 06, 2006

Happy New Year! Time to retool business strategies.

For many, the start of the New Year is an annual reminder that in business, stagnation means death, and the vitality of any business is all about change. 2006 launches two power-engines of change, CES and MacWorld. No longer the domain of techno-nerds, both shows have embraced the open market of everyday-people as well as the glitterati of Hollywood, fashion and the 'rich and famous'.

With the likes of Microsoft's Bill Gates and Sony's Howard Stringer sitting side-by-side with Tom Hanks, Ron Howard, the Black Eyed Peas, Dan Marino and Justin Timberlake, CES is more about "lifestyle Americana" and "coolness" than techno-wizardry (almost).

And who won't be sporting the cool, sleek, "gotta-have" iPod at MacWorld? The evolution from "techno-different for the few" to "digital-cool for the masses" has invigorated Apple, and has opened up the floodgates of streaming digital content into our daily life.

A smart business plan embraces change. How we retarget, move, alter, switch, test, retreat and leap can mean the difference between glorious success and dismal failure. As the digital stream flows through our every business action and transaction, we need to be nimble and fluid to ride the waves in the sea of constant uncertainty.

Discover. Test. Try. Discard. Adopt. Move-on.

Welcome to the New Year, :-)

7 comments:

Sheridan Tatsuno said...

What's Hot in 2006

Despite the slow job recovery in Silicon Valley, the place is churning with a variety of emerging markets, technologies and business models that are creating new business opportunities. Here are just some of the big ones:

- iPod ecosystem of peripherals and services
- Wireless (RFID, Ultra Wideband, Wireless USB, WiMax)
- Web 2.0 services using utility computing servers
- Cell TV apps, services and content
- China luxury goods market
- India reverse sourcing to U.S.
- Japan is buying again!
- Latino market boom

The key is to target a growth market and find partners who can help you build a scalable franchise. Then you'll enjoy a nice ride on the next wave.

Enjoy!

Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal
Dreamscape Global
www.dreamscapeglobal.com
www.ryze.com/go/tatsuno

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Dee McCrorey said...

Steve-

You're spot on with your advice and recommendations.

Just as a smart business embraces change so, too, must professionals reassess their career direction, tweak existing skills, bridge gaps, and choose to make a difference.

Thanks for reminding us that technology levels the playing field for all of us!

Cheers!

Dee McCrorey, Chief Risk Guru
Blog: The Corporate Entrepreneur http://www.TheCorporateEntrepreneur.com
Website: Risktaking for Success
http://www.RisktakingforSuccess.com

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