“The world has changed and we must change with it.”
– President Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States of America in his Inauguration Address to America and the World.

I’ve been asked to go to Sydney on Thursday to talk to the business and government leaders of the great city on the harbour.

They will gather together over a luncheon. I’ve been asked to give them some advice on what kind of strategic thinking they should consider for the first business quarter of 2009. I have 30 minutes.

I’m going to tell them that there’s never been a better time to multiply their business by ten!

I’ll explain what I mean, I’ll give tell them about the GE X10 case study. When Jack Welch used x10 thinking to multiply GE by ten from a $35 billion to a $300 billion enterprise. I’ll even give them a copy of two of my books that explains how to do x10 thinking. X10 thinking is also called ‘tentimes thinking’.

Why Now?
Then there’ll be questions. I expect the first question will be “Why now?” Why has there’s never been a better time than now?

The reason is: APPETITE. There is a growing appetite for change.

Why is appetite so important as a prerequisite for change? Just suppose you are talking to some people who’ve just finished a big feast. You offer them a meal that’s ten times more nutritious than the feast that just filled their bellies. Even if they can see that what you’re saying is true they still won’t be interested. Why? Because they are NOT HUNGRY! They have no appetitie.

In recent years business and government have been feasting and their bellies have been full. But things have changed. That was then this is now. That era became extinct in 2008.

Now it’s 2009 and we are in a whole new era. And guess what? People are hungry again. They now have an APPETITE for change.

An Appetite for Change
So if you have a more nutritious meal to offer people whose bellies are no longer full. You are now talking to people who have an APPETITE. There is no stronger darwinian imperative than APPETITE.

Your Business X10
That’s why I say there’s never been a better time to multiply your business by ten.

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THE AGE Editorial: TWO of the most overused words in the English language have to be “hero” and “miracle”.

So devalued have they become, in their commonplace application to everything from newborn babies to tennis players, let alone firemen who rescue cats up trees, they have all the grammatical purchasing power of Zimbabwe’s new 100 trillion dollar note.

In truth, there are almost as few genuine heroes in the world as there are actual miracles – those moments when fate, time and circumstance combine to cheat the inevitable and create the incredible.

It is all the more remarkable, therefore, that at the end of last week, within 24 hours, two men on opposite sides of the world entered the pantheon of heroes – those who, without equivocation, are absolutely deserving of that description and will always be remembered because of it.

In Canberra, on Friday morning, Trooper Mark Donaldson of the Special Operations Task Group, received the first Victoria Cross awarded in 40 years.

This award was for his bravery in the dustbowl of Afghanistan on September 2, when he exposed himself to Taliban fire to divert attention from wounded soldiers, and then dashed 80 metres to rescue an injured interpreter and carry him to safety.

This sort of courage speaks for itself.

Earlier, on a chilly afternoon in New York City, Captain Chesley Sullenberger managed to land his stricken US Airways Airbus A320 on – as distinct from in – the Hudson River. All 155 people on board survived.

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(PhysOrg.com) — Radio telescopes around the world will join forces this week.

They will carry out a unique observation of three quasars. Quasars are distant galaxies powered by super-massive black holes.

For 33 hours this observation is being conducted as part of the International Year of Astronomy 2009.

17 telescopes in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America will take part in the mammoth project.

The unique X10 aspect of this event is that telescopes located all around the globe will be brought together to work as a single gigantic instrument.

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