STRATEGIES FOR THE 21st CENTURY
Something in the world is changing — and each year the changes are quicker and causing more convergence
It doesn’t take more than a good look around you to see that many things we’ve taken for granted in the 20th Century are breaking down today. There even are some obvious signs that we’ve reached the end of the post-WWII capitalistic growth era.
THE PRODUCT/SERVICE LIFECYCLE
During that era, organizations basically developed their products/services on a twenty-year lifecycle. Ideas for new products/services were formalized, visualized, intellectually-protected, then prototyped in the first phase. Quick adapters would then take over, deciding how to build market strength and how to pilot its initial production, until it consistently met or exceeded model expectations, and could be turned over for full-production or grand openings to end the second phase. Full-production began the third phase. In this phase, optimal execution is key, as margins and profits are grown or maintained based on how productive, efficient, and agile the product or the service can be sustained based on stakeholder expectations. When this production-profit stage began to slow. The lifecycle would begin its last phase, the end of life or rework stage; and a newer product or service would be created to replace it.
But, things are changing …
By the 1960’s, with the advent of the Space Race, organizations found ways to “fasttrack” the Product/Service Lifecycle to shorten the cycle time to just 10 years. With the advent of the personal computer and the Internet in the 70’s and 80’s, the lifecycle was shortened again and again to just months. And, today, it has been shortened to just over seven weeks — from ideation though end of life! …and other things are changing too!
The Internet has successfully made every individual into a globalist. Capitalistic economics was always driven by creating scarcities and strategic advantages because of scarcities of resources. Today, though abundance in access to resources has thrown a curve-ball into the traditional strategic ways. Because of that, things are not only quickening, they are also converging! How can an individual, or an organization keep up with the torrid pace?
The Xavier Group provides solutions that matter.
For over 35 years, The Xavier Group’s uniquely superior strategy and technology assessment capabilities have helped hundreds of clients in every industry develop and maintain winning strategies.
As the world changes, we help you understand how strategy shapes your future. We combine deep organizational insights that others often miss, combine it with a hands-on understanding of how technologies will impact and shape society, offer you more creative and innovative solutions to create value in your organization, and focus on things like digital disruption, machine learning, the Internet of Things, big data analytics — so our results can provide competitive agility with sound and pragmatic executables driven through operations and business models.
Often the next great solution is already there! … it starts with a pattern, and blossoms into an idea!
“… Not because they [the paths] are easy, but because they are hard. Because that goal [choosing the optimum path] will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we’re willing to accept, one that we are willing to perform, and, one that we intend to win!” — John F Kennedy, Rice University, 1962
Challenging, complex, and critically important problems demand comprehensive enterprise wide solutions that are startlingly different.
The Xavier Group, Ltd. has assisted individuals and organizations to transform the way create strategies; then deploy, execute, and align them with the needs of your operations to ensure they remain optimally viable in a society that is now immersed in conditions growing out of the increasing velocity of change.
For over 35 years, Xavier has delivered a range of high-quality and professional consultancy services in strategy formulation (thinking, planning), strategic management (systemically, dynamically, and synergistically rolling out strategies), futures research and assessments, market and methods analyses, knowledge management, systems engineering, project oversight, and IT enterprise solutions that help leading organizations make wiser choices for a better future — even in uncertain times.
We can help you with strategies to :
- start new organizations, divisions, or ventures — including project management, new product or process development and financing
- grow existing organizations by analyzing expertly the company, its competitors, its customers, and the environment in which it operates
- resolve disputes between directors/shareholders, help with leadership, smooth business exit, turnaround, reengineer, manage acquisitions, locate strategic partners, and increase competitiveness
- restructure your organization to protect your investment in the new economy, and locate needed capital and financing
- revive and transform an ailing or restructuring organization through business improvement, training and development, research analysis, strengthening the supply chain, quality assurance, identification of problems and delivering smart solutions
- exit the community by buying or selling your organization
Today as the velocity of change has increased stresses on organizations to deliver better results, faster, and more accurately — The Xavier Group’s mission has become more important than ever.
We invite you to join us in important discussions of transformational strategy ideas that will hone your skills, or those of the organization in which you work — not just to survive, but to thrive in the uncertainties of the 21st Century. What do you find most pressing? … and What would you like us to help you with?