A female brain might come to the same conclusion as a male brain, the leverage is that she will use a different set of pathways, alternative routings and areas of the brain to get there. The one way, only way fits all principle is out of vogue.
During the good times some businesses dropped their guard on keeping up productivity improvement initiatives - one of the contributing factors responsible for the current high levels of exposure to spiralling input costs, threatening profitability or even leading to curtailing business operations.
In a poor economy, operations, human resources and marketing must all be streamlined and efficient as well as 100% aligned with each other and with the company's strategy. It is always a tough call, but any component of the organisation that is not producing and delivering according to the company's strategy must be cut.
The rapid pace of technological advancements, increased drive for market globalisation, the emergence of new markets and the importance for rapid market response, have all contributed to a considerable increase in the use of international joint ventures (IJVs) by organisations as a means of pursuing their strategic intent within multinational contexts.
Resistance to change is a natural human tendency. Effective change agents know how to break down resistance to change, but the process is difficult and change isn't sustainable if resistance is just suppressed until the change agents depart.