Turning Over the Hourglass


As the poet and dramatist T. S. Eliot said: “What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” (Four Quartets, T. S. Eliot, New York: Harcourt, 1943) That thought certainly captures a basic truth about TTW. The process has an end that actually represents a beginning. For once we’ve completed the TTW process, we either start on a new issue or challenge or make plans in the future to reassess a previous issue.

And for the future, TTW’s relevance will be large. On a trip to the Harvard Innovation Center where some of the top young minds in the world explore innovative, cutting-edge approaches to entrepreneurial start-ups, an executive in ...

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