Saturday, February 09, 2008

One way to lose focus

Losing focus can be so easy. I understand. When I was growing up, I used to play the horn and didn't stop until I was well into my twenties. When I focused on making music, I really enjoyed it, but, if I ever paid attention to the presence of an audience or the state of my performance, I would get lost in a mild case of the nerves. Professionals know how to deal with such things; I was not a professional musician.

In Unschlüssigkeit bei Toyota?, Paul Bayer wonders about Toyota's president Katsuaki Watanabe's recent speech at the Detroit auto show. He translates part of Chet Richards' Ford: Faint signs of life, in which Richards wonders if that's a sign that Toyota has taken its focus away from making the best cars to being the biggest company.

My purpose here is not to criticize (or even analyze) Toyota (or Ford or any other company); as Bayer notes, there are other explanations for Watanabe-san's speech that don't bode ill for Toyota. My purpose is to use those comments to note how easy it is to shift one's focus from that which brought success to the trappings of that success and the risk that such a shift might destroy both the success and its trappings.

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Blogger Elana said...

I'm taking a risk here. I'm tagging you for a meme.
Stop by Funnybusiness and you'll see the rules.


11 February, 2008 04:34  

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