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Online Edition - July 2002


From Our Perspective


The following conversation was overheard recently in the News for a Change staff room.

DH: You know I’m really excited about our new role editing AQP’s publications.

JR: I am, too. It’s a great opportunity to bring the latest information and viewpoints on what’s happening with quality and teams to AQP’s members.

DH: So far it’s been a great experience to pull this issue of News for a Change together, but I am having some qualms about the topic we selected this time.

JR: Qualms? Why? We’ve got some of the best thinkers in the field sharing their views about the future. What more could we want?

DH: Well, don’t you think it’s a little risky to try to predict the future?

JR: Predicting the future sure would be risky! After all, I don’t know about your crystal ball, but mine has cobwebs. I’m having trouble seeing ahead to next month let alone to the end of this decade.

DH: My soothsaying skills aren’t any better than yours. That’s why I’m a bit nervous about putting our panel of experts on the spot.

JR: OK, I understand what you’re saying, but don’t you remember what we promised we’d do when we took on this assignment? We discussed what the name News for a Change meant to us. We decided that we would focus on publishing the latest ideas and let AQP members determine how to put those ideas to use. In other words, we’re supposed to “keep the pot stirred.” AQP members are supposed to keep their organizations from becoming stagnant; they’re supposed to be change agents, leading their organizations dynamically to higher levels of performance and secure futures.

DH: You’re right; that’s what we agreed. So I guess it’s time to be brave, isn’t it?

JR: Yes, it’s time to take a risk. I’m sure the readers of this issue won’t accept everything in it as being absolutely, infallibly true, but…

DH: They’re sure to have a lot to think about aren’t they?

JR: Yes, they are. And, if they think, they’ll decide where they need to change.

DH: And if they decide they need to change, they’ll take specific actions to prepare for the future, won’t they?

JR: They sure will, and that’s News for a Change.


Quote for the Month:
“The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination.”—John Schaar, futurist.

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The Role of Quality and Teams in the 21st Century

The Way They Saw It

Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going?

Book Nook

From Our Perspective

What’s Up?


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