Visionaries Understand Globalization


Merriam Webster defines globalization as the development of an increasingly integrated global economy marked especially by free trade, free flow of capital, and the tapping of cheaper labor markets. Factors that have contributed to globalization include increasingly sophisticated communications and transportation technologies and services (a result of high levels of economic activity that has outgrown national markets through industrial combinations and commercial flow that cross international boundaries).

Intertwining societies is the hallmark of globalization, and is the central theme in Thomas Friedman’s book, “The Lexus and the Olive Tree.” He describes it as the integration of markets, finances, technology, and telecommunications in such a way that we can operate and socialize broader and faster while all at a lower cost. Students and professionals abroad have discussed his theory from several views to include opportunities and challenges. Thomas Friedman argues that the World Wide Web is the “sole characteristic” where all opportunities tend to flow in today’s age.

Whether this is true or not, the World Wide Web does carry weight as being an opportunity for growth in your given sector. So use it! Social media, research of historical trends, and demographics are made readily available for you at a relatively inexpensive price. Prior to the World Wide Web we heavily used our community libraries (which had limitations), now we have 24-hour access to information—to communication. Do not limit yourself to extending lines of communication to only your local markets; there is an entire world out there with resources waiting for you to tap into. It is my belief that “globalization” is a key ingredient which has separated the highly affluent from the middle class for years. The special thing is that now, more than ever, because of the World Wide Web, the playing-field is leveled a little more; you have the opportunity to connect with people across continents. So I encourage you to stretch beyond your cable length and connect with people across the world. Several ways to do so include:

1. Joining a blog that shares your common passion.

2. Keep business cards on you at all times.

3. Subscribe and routinely comment on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter etc that have frequent forums discussing your common interests.

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“Andrae captures insight and pearls of wisdom from the military’s most senior leaders, calling them Procedures, Techniques, and Rules. These strategies, if applied with discipline, can provide efficiency to your day-to-day routine and increase your overall well-being.”

“Procedures, Techniques, Rules… I Wish I Learned in School is a resource tool that offers bottom-line instructions on a range of habits that have proved beneficial to our nation’s leading authorities.”

“Andrae has taken his experiences from sitting down to talk with leaders, such as former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey; and Korean War hero, General Paik Sung-yup, and consolidated the lessons learned about life. Useful techniques are broken down into the simplest forms that relate to finances, health, parenting, and mind-set—all of which, if they had been reinforced and learned in our youth would have paid back seven times over. It’s never too late to become better. Enjoy.”

~Andrae Ballard is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he was commissioned as an Infantry Officer. He has served at every echelon from platoon through Corps level operations. He is also a part-time faculty member at Central Texas College, teaching in the Mathematics Department. He holds a BS in Systems Engineering from West Point and an MS from Central Michigan University in Human Resources Administration.
~Andrae’s most recent assignments include serving as the Aide-de-Camp to the 8th Army Commanding General in Yongsan, Korea, as well as the Public Affairs Officer for the Special Operations Command Korea Commanding General. His deployments include multiple combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).
~Andrae is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College, as well as the United States Army Jumpmaster and Ranger Schools. He is the COO of Alexander Graham Properties LLC, an organization that provides resources and consultation to those in need of financial help.
 Andrae has spoken throughout the world, helping people to hone their leadership skills and potential and has assisted many, helping them to establish a clear and effective strategy to meet their life goals.

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