Sustained Competitiveness

Organizational misalignment results in gaps that are easily exploited by business leaders looking for shortcuts, financial institutions looking for a quick and easy buck and consumers trying to game the financial system to pad their own wallets. Whatever their origin and regardless of the motives, these compromises and the pain they have caused should signal the need for landmark changes in the way business is conducted and organizations are led, both domestically and globally. If nothing else, the resulting pain should have taken away any illusion we might have had about what it takes to be competitive and remain relevant in uncertain and changing times.