Ork, the Martian
Adaptive businesses are based on value generation which is the driver of maximal strategies.
Ork landed on earth during a new moon. Nobody saw him coming or knew where he was from. He thought he was nearby a city, New York perhaps; and began to walk towards the lights he saw far away.
He walked through a huge park filled with ghostlike images. There were the nightlife animals and the nightlife people using the darkness to do who knows what.
All was confusing. Suddenly he stopped on a crossroad trying to think what to do next. He stayed there for some time and was stuck in his thoughts. An elegant man saw his hesitation and approached him offering help.
He raised his eyes and found a smile.
“Yes, he replied. “I do not know where I am.”
“Well that is easy. You are in New York and this is the Central Park. My name is Dick and I am an anthropologist studying the nightlife habits of the city.”
“My name is Ork,” replied the visitor, “and I am a Martian. I just came from Mars and transformed into a humanlike body to learn how earthlings live. I was sent to earth by the Ministry of Galactic Relations to research the commercial possibilities with this planet.”
The anthropologist looked at him like he was seeing somebody who thinks he is Napoleon. Lowering his head he gave no answer.
“It is obvious you do not believe me”, replied Ork. To prove his alien powers Ork appeared and disappeared, making a teleportation demonstration that proved, at least, he was not an earthling.
“How can I help you?” asked the anthropologist; while enjoying having added a new character to the inhabitants’ list of New York’s nightlife.
“Yes”, replied Ork. “We have heard a lot about developed, underdeveloped and emerging countries. As you are a scholar I would like to ask you whom should we commerce with? Can you please explain to me what this development question is about?”
“Well…. Yes. Yes that is my work as an anthropologist. You landed in a developed country. This is the United States of America. It is the leading country in the world. I do not say this because I am American, but because it is true.” replied Dick.
“Well, I am glad. I was lucky to “land” here”, replied Ork. “What can I do to know emerging and underdeveloped countries?”
“Well that is very easy replied the anthropologist. Every country has emerging, developing and underdeveloped groups. When the major groups of a country are developed it is a developed country. The same is true when the major groups are emerging or underdeveloped.” replied Dick
Ork smiled. “Then I can learn about developing, under developing and emerging countries here, in New York. Good, then I will be able to understand the earthlings during my first visit. Could you please explain the difference between one and the others?”
“Of course, it is very easy to explain.” replied Dick “Developed countries do things at a certain speed, let us suppose 55 miles per hour. Underdeveloped countries do things at a lower speed, let us suppose 30 mph. Emerging countries do things at a higher speed, therefore they emerge, let’s say 80 mph.”
“So what,’ asked Ork ‘makes the difference?”
“Well, from your point of view it is the same” was Dick’s answer.
“But, considering that you are an expert in teleportation and changing into human appearances I propose you enter into a working room to discover the difference between these cultures.”
“What do you mean?” asked Ork
Stagnant businesses are sustained by the need to survive which is the driver of minimum strategies.
“What I am saying that if somebody proposes a task in a working group you will see that:
In developed cultures there will be an automatic response of the responsible individual assuming the task.
In underdeveloped cultures you will see everybody has something else to worry about.
In emerging cultures they will fight for assuming the responsibility of the task.” said Dick.
“Why is there a difference?” asked Ork
“Well it is very simple.’ Dick replied. ‘The international standards are established by the developed cultures. I consider that is fair.
Emerging cultures need to grow and have to go faster than the developed cultures. They work while the world rests.
Underdeveloped cultures are so worried about themselves and their survival that they have no time to work for others.”
“Ahhh!!!!” said Ork “Then, who should we commerce with?’
“Look,’ answered the anthropologist. “This is not my specialty. But I would say that if you are looking for raw material you will find it cheaper in underdeveloped countries. If you need to produce, emerging countries will probably be the most efficient. But if you are willing to develop servicing businesses you will find the best place in developed countries.”
“That is easy,” replied Ork. I only have to report Development = production, underdevelopment = services, emergent countries = raw materials.”
“No, it is the opposite.” replied the anthropologist. “Do not mess things up. If you mix the roles the result will not exist and they will blame you and you will have to pay the bill.”
Ork had a tricky smile. “How do you think that the rules of Martian development are?”
And Ork vanished…..
Who was Ork?
Riddles have many solutions. In the Far East, riddles are used to develop internal freedom and responsibility.