Tonight's State of the Union address should be interesting, for a variety of reasons. In reading the previews of the speech, something struck me right away. Apparently the President is going to advocate investing in research and eduction. Now where have I heard that before? Oh, yeah. Deming. Out of the Crisis.
The 1st of the 14 principles states, "Create constancy of purpose for improvement of product and service." Deming goes on to break this down into 3 important facets, the second of which is:
Put resources into
Imagine. It only took us 30 years, 2 wars, the fall of Communism, the rise of China, and a complete financial meltdown to realize the wisdom of those words. "The next quarterly dividend is not as important as the existence of the company (read "country") 10, 20, or 30 years from now," Deming goes on to write. Embracing this idea of taking the long view rather than doing what is politically or financially expedient gives me hope.
On the other hand, appointing an outsourcing CEO as Competitiveness Czar takes some of that hope away. Anyway, looking forward to the speech.