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Millennium Mayhem

Written by  Patricia Fisher Thursday, 15 November 2007 20:33

Over the past several years the world has become increasingly interlinked and inter-connected. More and more businesses are rarely out of touch with those who may need to reach us'to answer questions, to respond to emergencies, and reply to opportunities that might otherwise be missed. This inter-connectivity has provided us all with opportunities that would have been, until recently, impossible. However, in order to take advantage of these opportunities we have become less dependent on ourselves and have begun to rely more on others. Business partners provide our marketing arms. Suppliers bring materials to our factories and plants just as they are needed. Banks accept our payments electronically. All these processes allow us to compete in a global economy and to do so quickly and efficiently. Even though we are very dependent on the continued successful functioning of other businesses, we often act as if we can make decisions without recognizing