Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Early lunches: one sign of non-competitive states

Ralph Peters in his article "Spotting Losers: Seven Signs of Non-Competitive States" said:

"If you are seeking a worthy ally or business opportunity, go to a mid-level government office in Country X an hour before the local lunchtime. If everyboy is busy with legitimate work, you've hit a winner. If there are many idle hands, get out."

Sounds very familiar? Observe.

At 11AM almost every office is deserted. The employees are taking their lunch in the canteen or someplace. 11:30 most are changing into sports suits. 12NN they are in the gym sweating it out either chasing balls or doing their asanas while being led by a hired yoga guru. Many are in some corner or nook immersed in their prayer meeting. 1PM they are wiping off their sweat and cooling down; the praying people are blessing each other.Don't forget the morning and afternoon breaks of 30 minutes each.

Oops, I am supposed to be talking only about early lunches.

Get the full article at
http://carlisle-www.army.mil/usawc/Parameters/98spring/peters.htm and see the other six signs. You'll find most of them applicable to the country. You can even benchmark your office against them.