In 1981, I left Chevron [then still called Gulf Oil] in Pittsburgh. That was, of course, light years away. Management consultant Peter Drucker was just starting to tell us that the world of business looked mighty global - and increasingly turbulent. Now, we wake up and assume everything, including the power of nations, has reconfigured during the night.
Yet, those who had been my managers and colleagues at Chevron still contact me. That's a puzzle. Those include former head of speechwriting Steve Maloney who wanted to alert me to his blog and former policy analyst Gary Pastorius who wanted to pass on a joke. Duh. Yesterday, another former analyst Bob Quick sent an announcement that he was now a Chief Executive Officer of something.
Shouldn't these folks have reconfigured their networks, over and over again? Six degrees of separation ain't static. Sooner than later there ought to be no assumption of connection.
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