William Polushin is founding director of the Program for
International Competitiveness at the Desautels Faculty of
Management, McGill University, and President of AMAXIS, an
international business and operational development services firm.
The Competing to Win blog series can be found here.
A good friend of mine from Edmonton (thank you, Colin) sent me
an e-mail a couple of days ago with the following quotation at the
end of his message:
Dear Optimist, Pessimist and Realist. While you were arguing
about the glass of water . . . I drank it.
Signed, 'The Opportunist'
As we venture into a new year of business opportunities and
challenges around the world, I couldn't think of a better way of
describing the mindset that is required by Canadian entrepreneurs,
managers, employees and policy makers if we are to effectively make
the transition from a trading nation to nation of traders. The
quasi-optimistic, often unrealistic, and overly cautious approach
that I have found characterizes too much of Canada Inc.'s approach
to markets not called the United States is not a winning strategy
in the global economy.
As I wrap up my latest trip to India, two things stand out in my
1. Despite its economic, political and social challenges, India
is still attracting considerable attention from 'opportunists'
around the world.
Here is a sampling of the headlines from the business section of
the Telegraph (Calcutta) and The Times of India (New Delhi) over
the past three weeks:
"India key element in Ford's global strategy"
"Daimler trucks to hit the road this year"
"LG to up investment by 20%"
"Rail turns to Japan for speed"
"Mitsubishi shipbuilding tech for L&T"
"Abu Dhabi sovereign fund eyes India"
Without a doubt, U.S. Inc., EU Inc., Korea Inc., Japan Inc., the
Middle East Inc. . . . are alive and well in India.
2. While Canada is making progress on the trade front with
India, Canada Inc. is still in the minor leagues in its dealings
with the country.
Read full article: The Globe and Mail, January 6, 2012