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Preparing You For The 21st Century

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Few people foresaw the vast changes that would be brought by the invention of the steam engine and the host of other mechanical devices that were the technological driving force behind the Industrial Revolution. Yet these advances completely transformed the nature of work as many of the old ways of organizing and managing business died away and new concepts emerged.

Way back (429–347 B.C.E.), the Greek philosopher Plato, one of the most dazzling writers in the Western world believed that only those who are extraordinarily intelligent, virtuous and brave are best suited to lead other people (his concept was through government). As we have moved throughout history I wonder what he would have thought about the never-ending changes that occur in peoples lives and lifestyle, usually driven by the most courageous and most intelligent of us.

The widespread 17th Century network of crafts and small cottage industries that had dominated the production of goods for centuries gave way to large centralised factories as the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th Century took hold. The period from 1750 to 1850 saw changes in agriculture, manufacturing, mining, transportation, and technology and this had a profound effect on the social, economic and cultural conditions of the times. The concept of mass production not only opened the door to new opportunities and unprecedented growth, but also reshaped the way people lived, worked, and played.

This industrial model ruled business and life throughout the 19th and 20th Century but now as we enter the 21st Century there is a new way of doing business, a new way of living. These large corporations and big businesses have became the dinasor of a passing era as people return to the small and home-based business model using todays technology. Even big companies have been outsourcing much of their work in a struggle to stay afloat. I wonder what Plato would think about how things have reversed as individuals, family by family claim back their freedom to choose?

Sweeping political, economic, social, and technological transformations are creating a fundamentally new era of business characterize by unprecedented complexity and rapid change. In todays economic climate countless business, small, medium and large are struggling to stay afloat in this dynamic and intensely competitive environment, because the accepted ways of doing business are proving inadequate.

At the same time, advances in information technology, coupled with emerging insights on leadership, organisations and the learning process, are greatly enhancing the ability of people to communicate and coordinate with one another both within and among organizations. These advances offer powerful new tools for dealing with the pressures of the business environment as well as promising a framework for creating entirely new opportunities for organizing and managing work. With innovation and creativity being the benchmark of their founders, the Savvy Team now provide unprecedented resources, education and training.

A New Way 

The 21st Century has brought on a new era, driven this time not by the technologies of production and transportation, but by the technologies of information, communication, and coordination. These technologies, guided by the organizational needs and human values that are important to us, are completely transforming the nature of work throughout the world.

What we in the Savvy Team have done over the past decade and a half is to work to not only better understand emerging ways of working but also to invent entirely new and more effective resources and even more importantly, put them into practice. As Savvy leaders we have implemented change and coached leaders in new ways of doing business, in new ways of looking at the world and themselves, and in new ways of caring for their family both physically and financially. As innovators in an innovative world we have led the way in educating individuals in how to to take back responsibility for their health, their wealth and their life with new but simple ways of thinking.

Just as at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, our society is at a crossroads. The choices we make in the next decade will play a major role in determining the broad shape of the world into which our children will live and work. We must take steps now to develop the understanding and insight that will help us make these choices wisely. And we must pass on that knowledge and expertise to those not yet aware of their rights and ability to make their own choices in the areas of health and wealth.

In such a volatile environment, the future belongs not to those who are buffeted by change, cautiously adapting to it as needed, but to those with the foresight to recognize the potential offered by the very changes that others find so unsettling. Our aspirations were ambitious: to bring together the expertise and resources of a group of visionary business leaders to enable change, change that will impact the very basic foundations of our culture in the 21st century. By empowering one person at a time, one family at a time, one community at a time, we can and will change the world.

A New Era of Business

As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, today’s business climate is already undergoing a profound and far-reaching transformation. In the last few years, we have all seen a revolution in the worldwide political landscape, the rise of intense international competition, the pressures that faster product development cycles puts on quality, while quantity drives explosive growth in the business and service sector. “As we enter the next century, all signs indicate that both the complexity and the pace of change in the global economy are increasing.” says  MIT Sloan, the worldwide School of Business. That was said of business in 1999, how different life is now, to that of over a decade ago. How different are the challenges facing traditional business? Our mission is to see a return of focus from quantity to quality, from mass market strategies to one of integrity and support of the individual.

MlT’s Sloan School of Management is dedicated to being the world’s most innovative and engaged business management school, and in discussing the challenges of business in the 21st Century, their director has said: “Already, these sweeping changes have produced startling setbacks for what have been some of the world’s most successful companies. Countless firms are struggling to adapt to new pressures or even to survive – by downsizing, redesigning their business processes, and rethinking their strategic focus. Some of these efforts succeed – at least for a while, and many fail.” Unfortunately the past few years, in less than a decade of MIT’s sobering predictions of 1999, the failure rate was worse than expected, as the many dinasors of big business and large industries fall dying to the ground.

Yet there is hope. Against the current backdrop of political, economic, and social turmoil, an extraordinary array of information technologies is emerging. At the same time, insights into the structure and dynamics of organizations and the process of learning, coupled with expectations of a more demanding and better educated workforce, and easy, immediate access to the latest information and technology are challenging our understanding of the nature of relationships in the workplace. This has impacted business on every level, in every industry.

Taken together, these developments are transforming the capabilities for communication and cooperation among managers, workers, customers, and suppliers – nearly everyone involved in the conception, production, delivery, and use of products and services worldwide. This is why the shorter the chain of distribution is, the easier it is for the organisation to stay up-to-date with these changes. Again these changes pose a threat to traditional business and a benefit to direct marketing.

The unprecedented complexity and uncertainty that characterises today’s traditional business environment, coupled with the rapid-fire developments in information technology and organisational dynamics, pose a host of urgent questions for today’s business entrepreneurs, challenging them to look for new ways of doing business. Perhaps the obvious has been under their noses for at least half a century?

It is these questions that we have been successfully asking and addressing over the last two decades.

Here’s a diagram that encapsulates everything we’ve been working on since we entered what Kiyosaki calls the “B” Quadrant. It features four concentric circles:

  •  In the centre is “You.”
  •  Around that is a circle called “Tools & Resources.”
  •  The third circle is “Teamwork.”
  •  The fourth, outside circle is “Technology.”

I believe that this is the organisational model for entrepreneurs — or anyone — living in the 21st century. Draw it up for yourself, and start gathering the tools and resources you need to become a 21st Century entrepreneur. Start attracting a team of like-minded people, making surre that the people you attract are the sort of business entrepreneurs you need, because you will need them as technology increases the speed of change.

Remember that you can only attract those of similar vibration. If you are not content with your current team the thing to change is who you are being. In the 21st Century, your personal and professional development directly impacts your results, more than ever before. This is a new world, and the ways of doing business in past eras have transformed into new, enlightened processes. Teamwork is crucial and being someone who can develop and maintain a team through the inevitable never-ending change is what is required. And develop an awareness in and some skill of the emerging technologies, so you can stay abreast of the rapid changes occurring right now.

For nearly two decades, our Savvy team leaders have been developing resources to help entrepreneurs get phenomenal clarity about key questions in their business and their life—questions like:

  • “Who are you?”
  • “What kind of results do you want to see?”
  • “How do you want the world to be and how do you want to contribute to it?”
  • “How do you want to be supported by the world and how do you want to support it?”

Every entrepreneurial challenge comes back to this. If the person at the middle of this structure isn’t clear about any of these things, their confusion radiates outward creating complexities in their thinking, their teamwork, their leadership and their organization’s effectiveness in the world. We recommend you tap into the supportive environment of network marketing if you want the best coaching and mentorship available to you at no extra cost.

Becoming an entrepreneur in the 70s was a big risk: You were giving up the multipliers of a large organization, where your reputation, your income, and your security could all be multiplied. Starting in 1980, with the advent of the personal computer, then the subsequent proliferation of self-empowering tools, being an entrepreneur suddenly started to seem like a more attractive possibility. Enter the 1990s and the internet and mobile phone, and life began to change dramatically. Entrepreneurs began to see that business was about to changer forever. As people moved to doing business with a laptop and a mobile phone they were no longer restricted to any one place.

Fast-forward to today and not being an entrepreneur posses a real risk: Entrust your whole future to a large institution? What a risk! But if you have a laptop and connection to the internet, you have a doorway to millions of technologies to multiply yourself. And I believe there’s a natural progression toward an entrepreneurial attitude and lifestyle today, because people understand and want the multipliers that come with them.

If you want to take advantage of the benefits of globalisation, of the changes in the way today’s business operate, of the skills and resources of a network, then contact your Savvy Team support person and ask them for more info. We urge you to be prepared for the new way of doing business, of living life. For more information and access to free tools and resources to help you thrive in the 21st Century, contact us at: [email protected]

 

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  1. Wow! This post says it as it is out there in the world, and it gives just a glimpse of the benefits of partnering with the Savvy Team . . . if you are even the slightest bit curious, make sure you get back to whoever sent you here – it’s even better than it looks!

    I know, because I did … and in a few years of part time effort I created enough financial freedom for myself to work when I want, where I want and with whom I want.

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