This continues a new set of posts. Guest columns from practitioners and bloggers I respect. The category - The Real Deal describes them well.
Everyone in the software industry seems to know M.R. His Sandhill events, his site, his rolodex all bring the industry closer. 2 weeks ago he was in India the same time I was. When I heard what he was there for, I urged him to write about it for my blog. I was pleasantly surprised he did. He says this is the first blog he has written. What a great start - and what a noble mission!
"Everyone seems to be visiting
Most do not take time to see the other
On the spur of the moment I decided to visit a
Micro-finance organization’s weekly village meeting . A grueling
car trip from
A visit to the SKS branch was also an eye opener. Many of the staff’s families were either clients or lived in the rural areas. They were enthusiastic and knew how many clients they had and the loan disbursement amounts. SKS is scaling rapidly from 80 branches to 350 this year! How can they do this? SKS has a cookie cutter approach and runs on simple IT systems.
My thought on the car ride back was why cant’ we do this in
How have these two organizations succeeded? It is because of passionate leadership, attention to details, moving politicos and bureaucracy forward and the relentless pursuit of meeting commitments.
I encourage all of you to take a time out on your next
business trip whether in the
M.R. can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org