Strategies 2000

Declare your independence from the uncertainties of tomorrow.

By Carolyn Corbin
Publication Date: 1986
ISBN: 0-89015-575-5

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Other Titles from Carolyn Corbin:
Community Leadership 4.0: Impacting a World Gone Wiki,  Promise to America, Great Leaders See The Future First, Conquering Corporate Codependence

95 Percent of Carolyn Corbinís Claims
Made in 1986 Are Happening Today

In 1985 and early 1986, Carolyn Corbin wrote Strategies 2000. At that time, Japan was competing heavily with U.S. manufacturing and financial systems. Oil had dropped to around $9.00 per barrel. Americans were losing their jobs in great numbers. People were confused and frightened about the future. In this setting, Carolyn Corbin dared to make some realistic yet positive, interesting, and powerful claims about the turn of the century. Approximately 95% of the assertions she made about the years around the new century are coming true. She described such phenomena as the Internet, shift in power to knowledge businesses and knowledge workers, and the move to e-commerce--although she did not use these specific labels at the time. Here are some of the ideas she projected in 1986 about what would be happening around the year 2000:

  • The economy and workforce will be globalized.

  • The world will be technologically interconnected. The masses will use this network. (Now we call this system the Internet.)

  •  Economic power will shift from traditional business people to proprietors of information.

  • There will be increasing need for spiritual balance although most people will be materially better off.

  • Individual responsibility will be emphasized.

  • There will be no guarantees of job security made by organizations.

  • The U.S. economy will be very good.

  •  All socioeconomic processes will speed up.

  •  People who gather, manage, store, manipulate, and convert information will gain power. (Now these people are called knowledge workers.)

  • Turn-of-the-century corporations that are successful will become big and powerful and/or unique; practice long-range planning even in a swiftly changing competitive economy; pool corporate resources for economies of scale; pare overhead to compete in an economy with narrow profit margins; emphasize the importance of people to the organizationís success. The business world will be as different from that of the 1980s as the world of the 1980s was different from the era of the Pony Express. (Now we call this phenomenal difference e-commerce.) Rather than treat people as a disposable commodity, successful companies will treat people as an economic necessity and will design programs and schedules around employee lifestyle needs.

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