Better Together

Better Together

Author: | Published: 01 Oct 2014

better_togetherFor some people there is nothing more satisfying than the prospect of going it alone, making a point, doing things differently, pushing boundaries and achieving independent success. The heart often drives this, because we are after-all single entities, with limited time to make an impact or difference in the world. Some would say it’s simply our nature.

Some would also say that this drive is simply a physiological state brought about by a perception that if you can achieve independent success you empower and also protect yourself against competition or replacement.

Following the recent referendum in which Scotland voted on whether to remain part of the United Kingdom or go it alone as an independent country, it was reaffirmed to me that despite this inbuilt desire, when we are actually faced with the prospect of having to go it alone, most people opt for working together for a better future. It seems as if sense kicks in at a point, pushing the people, businesses and countries together.

We see this is in all kinds of places – people working as islands, not wanting to share information or learn anything new or have meetings to discuss solutions, or objectively look at how things are done.  But then when introduced to the concept of sharing, they become enlightened as they start to share, communicate and analyse, with the resultant improvements in productivity, cooperation and personal wellbeing.

There are businesses that think that their processes are unique to them, that assume their way is the way all businesses should be run and have always been run, and therefore have no immediate need to review, benchmark, network or have anyone external to their business review their processes on an ongoing basis. Surprisingly for them, when they eventually embark on a project to review, implement or replace their ERP system, they end up having to take a long hard look at how they do things and also to work  with their ERP system provider. When they do this they achieve a collaborative success; a SYSPRO customer, PZ Cussons, is a great example.

Countries all over the world that have historically been divided on many issues now work together in unions and alliances, to share economies of scale and improve the quality of life for their inhabitants.

The art of the possible is easier to identify and achieve when working together and I believe that the SYSPRO community is as successful as it is, because as a collective we know the importance of working together.

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Comments (2)

  • Maurice (Maurie) Rodrigues Reply

    Hello Darren,

    I do not think anyone has put so clearly what my and many of my friends thoughts are. refreshing and inspirational.
    I am currently joining with the NSW Chamber of Manufacturers & The Department of Industry to do just what you are talking about. The manufacturing industry in Australia over the last five years has gone backwards and into decline, The department of Productivity has likened it to a third world country. I am starting mailing into this industry with a primary objective to increase the size of my potential customers to larger customers rather than the current 15-20 users.
    I am also starting to deploy material using a concept I have entitled ” From Across The Desk”. SYSPRO has some excellent material to assist the manufacturing industry. So my plan is to drip feed this to my database to raise the profile in Australia.. If you do not mind I plan to use you article; your timing was perfect. If you have any more word of wisdom such as this, please feel free to send it to me.

    October 2, 2014 at 11:08 pm
  • Darren Edwards Reply

    Thank you for your kind words, please feel free to link to and use my article.

    Anything that helps business and promotes collaborative working is absolutely fine by me!

    October 3, 2014 at 1:37 pm

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