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Monday
Dec282009

Reflections

We are sure that you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends. 

During last few days of the year, we tend to get introspective, look back and then look ahead, its part of human nature. Its a process of winding down one year, and one decade, and winding up for a new year, and decade. 

Think about this, the last time we were winding up for a new decade, was also a new century. A bit of perspective!

We do hope that you have taken or will at least take a few moments to be thankful for what you have, and express gratitude. Be thankful, appreciative, especially when we have to stretch a little harder it seems to achieve what we really want. Yes...we all have a BHG (big hairy goal), whatever it is for you, and whatever you need to do to make it happen.

Perhaps one common theme of this year or almost last year. We all pushed the reset button. Think about it, some folks reset higher, other lower, in one way or another we all reset.

Was 2009 the push the reset button year? What do you think?

Being your own editor! How often have we mentioned that you have to be your own editor to deal with the vast amount of information that is disseminated. You can easily get carried away in a tsunami of information, and opinions, coming from a variety of directions. 

Was 2009 the being your own editor year? Your thoughts?

Did the North American auto industry undergo changes? What an understatement, what was is no longer, and what will be is still a work in progress. In the meantime the auto industry abhors a vacuum, some players too advantage of the vacuum, with other players being sucked in (the black hole). In addition to emerging areas of the planet gaining momentum, and prominence out of the vacuum.

Was 2009 merely the tip of the iceberg of "changes" in the auto industry? Your thoughts?

With all the buzz surrounding social media, and literally touching every aspect of our lives in one fashion or another in 2009. Did we conveniently forget that we are still human beings, that we are 2000 generations old, that we share common DNA markers that have not changed in 2000 generations. It seems that the social media online connections, reinforce or disconnect when they evolve into eyeball to eyeball connection. Does The No Ass Hole Rule still apply?

Was 2009 the year that social media started morphing into social networks? Your thoughts? 

We can keep on going, but each in our own way experienced and endured changes in 2009. We do hope that at least some changes were productive for you, that you learned some valuable, and memorable lessons. We did! 

 

Tuesday
Dec012009

Its December

December ChickensToday we roll into December 2009, Christmas is a few days down the road. We are lurking into a new decade, and have lived through a tumultuous (must be an understatement) year in our lives and the automotive industry.

For the next few days we will reflect on issues, and events that provoked our "thoughts" this past year.

We started the year expecting "surprises" and a good load of "no good" (yes we are being polite and subtle), needless to say that we were not disappointed. Not to sound like a broken CD if you missed New Reality at least book mark it, it will give you additional insight into our perspectives. As usual, we always welcome your thoughts.

For a while it seemed that everything was swirling around the black hole, we were staring into the abyss.

In a time of Social Media, where everyone is a publisher, and an expert on something did we ever get flooded, overloaded, and overwhelmed with a profusion of opinions, thoughts, analysis, regarding the auto industry, the economy, the value of real estate, your pension, to name a few. For some reason everyone that has an interest in "something" is an expert...go figure.

Are we ranting? No!

The bottom falls out of the North American economy, governments scramble to cushion the fall, and if for a moment we think that its OK we are deluding ourselves. Its improving but its not OK!

As we have said many times, its imperative that you become your own editor, lets go a step further, not only your own editor (we can't stress this enough) seek simplicity, when you are being bombarded by opinions.

In the meantime we are turning the corner away from 2009, and lurking into a new decade. Hopefully we are collectively a little wiser, seeking more value, increased relevance, better connected with more virtual friends, and richer human beings if not as capitalists.

Stay with us for the next few days, and share your thoughts.