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PUBLIC MARKS from blackox2

18 November 2006

28 October 2006

Patience, chaos and doing business in Mexico

To successfully work with Mexico one must understand some fundamental truths inherent in the country and culture. Patience and Chaos are important factors in understanding the people, culture and history.

26 October 2006

Motivation - heroic moments

Determine which actions during the day, are your “heroic moments“. Heroic moments might be viewed as simple required actions, obligations by others, but deep inside us, we understand that these actions require us to make a yes or no decision. We have to commit ourselves.

23 October 2006

12 reasons why we ask for business help

Here’s a list of common, and not so common, reasons we seek out business help and hire business consultants:

21 October 2006

Mexico manufacturing, US inventories and safety stock

Manufacturers are returning to Mexico after “experimenting” in the Asia Pacific region. Some of the big reasons for this return are ; to reduce time to market, eliminate the financial costs of inventories in transit, lower the logistics costs, and to strengthen the supply chain by moving closer to just-in-time deliveries. But moving to Mexico isn’t going to solve all the problems.

20 October 2006

The future of our entry level workforce - gloomy

According to this study of 431 companies in the US, representing over 2 million employees in a variety of industries and geographic areas, the future is bleak. “The future U.S. workforce is here—and it is woefully ill-prepared for the demands of today’s (and tomorrow’s) workplace.”

18 October 2006

Illegal immigration - USA and Mexico « Lee Iwan, Accumulated Experience

Immigration control is a global challenge, and yet not one developed country has developed a good workable and acceptable legal immigration plan that eliminates illegal immigration. There are political solutions, and then there are real solutions.

16 October 2006

Great International Business Trip Results

In any international relationship communication and understanding are critical for success. Problems created by; language, stereotypes, misinformation, lack of information, and cultural misunderstandings combine with normal business problems to create a complicated scenario for anyone involved in international relationships and global business. Prepare your international meetings and business presentations using the following questions as a guide to organize your ideas and focus on actions that will produce positive results for everyone involved.

14 October 2006

The New Mercenaries - Outsourcing

We are hiring mercenaries to manufacture our goods, “do the dirty work”, buy time and help us compete better (and win) against the competition. Are we weighing the long term risks of this outsourcing strategy?

10 October 2006

What can we learn from the piracy business model

Here is a interesting way to view, prepare for and compete against businesses copying and pirating your content or products. Piracy is a business model. So Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney-ABC Television Group, announced during a keynote address at MIPCOM.

The easy way

Despite all the attention on the power of marketing in order to create and maintain a successful product and business, there are still many organizations and people who don’t want to, or don’t know how to market their products.

05 October 2006

The power of something extra

“Here is a simple but powerful rule - always give people more that what they expect to get.” Incorporating something extra in our actions, results and as a business philosophy can be incredibly powerful.

Customer driven or customer ignorant

“This may seem simple, but you need to give customers what they want, not what you think they want. And, if you do this, people will keep coming back.” - John Ilhan

04 October 2006

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29 September 2006

20 ideas - how to avoid major problems with your export business

Exporting is an extremely difficult process as compared to selling in the local or national market. Exporting is not easy, and itâ s not inexpensive. It takes planning and requires people that are open, flexible, problem-solvers, and quick at adapti

28 September 2006

Maquiladoras in Mexico

An Internet search for the definition of the terms maquila and maquiladora will turn up quite a variety of ideas and interpretations. Maquila and Maquiladoras - definitions and activities

Business South of the Border: Travel information - City of Guanajuato, Guanajuato Mexico

Life is not all about work. When on business trips to Mexico, do some research about your destination and nearby cities. Ask your hosts to assist with transportation or a guide, and visit the area. It will help you understand the country, and greatly incr

27 September 2006

Why you should pay attention to free trade treaties

Globalization, transnational companies, global sourcing and outsourcing, free trade, do any of these terms sound familiar? Obtaining products and raw materials for the lowest price possible is a fundamental concept in business. Today organizations are

Leadership - who do you want to lead?

The semi-mystical mix of qualities, attitudes and behaviours that make or define a leader will provide plenty of material for business writers for years to come. The focus is often on what makes the person a leader or what actions define a leader. How