Dave Gardner’s “Thank God It’s Monday” 23MAY11

“Thank God It’s Monday” is to help companies thrive!

This week’s focus: business execution

Man’s greatest technological achievement is putting a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.  This effort was initiated 50 years ago on May 25, 1961, by President John F. Kennedy.

The technology available to support this effort was primitive by today’s standards.  I take a look back at this achievement and contrast the technology available then with what is available today in a Fast Company Expert Blog post here.  I argue that, even with all the technology available today, I’m not sure the program would have been completed faster.

The critical ingredients in business execution are people, process and technology with technology representing perhaps 20% of the contributed value. Given the absence of technology we enjoy today during the U.S. lunar program, people and process were the key to the program’s success.

Technology is never a panacea. Technology is merely a tool that, properly deployed, can be part of a comprehensive solution.  Recognizing the people and process contribute most to business execution success can help your company thrive.

Thought for the week:

“Man can believe the impossible, but never believe the improbable.” – Oscar Wilde

What do you think? I welcome your blog comments!


Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting http://www.gardnerandassoc.com

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