loren Eric Swanson: Big Sur

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Big Sur

Today we are beginning the third gathering of our third Leadership Community for Externally Focused Churches. We flew into San Jose yesterday and made the three hour drive to Treebones Resort (www.treebonesresort.com) on the Big Sur coast and even took in the scenic 17-mile drive. Treebones is owned by John and Corrine Handy. John will also facilitat this gathering.

Until February 2006 John Handy was the Senior Vice President of Product Design at Mattel Inc., the world’s largest toy company. While at Mattel John led all worldwide product concept, design and packaging efforts for Mattel’s Boy’s Games and Entertainment Division including the following diverse brands: Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Tyco RC, Harry Potter, Batman, Justice League, Max Steel, Yugo-Oh, Masters of the Universe and Games and Puzzles. Until his retirement from Mattel he led a department of 160 designers as well as a large network of outside design firms and professional investors. Each year his team of designers created and produce over 1200 toy products with 80% ($4b) of next year's revenue generated from products developed this year. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science, Industrial Design from Arizona State University in 1983. John has 20 plus years of toy design experience: 20 years with Mattel, and one year at Playmates Toys where he was responsible for initiating the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy line.

Participants are showing up so duty calls but I'll attach a couple photos


At Wednesday, April 26, 2006 11:58:00 AM, Blogger Phillip said...

I know it is tough on you...but someone has to do it...


At Saturday, April 29, 2006 7:33:00 AM, Blogger jerry said...

Thursday afternoon in Shanghai, we were winding up 10 days of class with Ray Bakke and Brad Smith along with 30+ others from around the globe.
we visited SMIC, a "fab" which manufactures wafers for others. SMIC broke ground in 2000,began manufacturing 18 months later and today have 10000 employees and 5 locations in China. The CEO, Richard Chiang, is a strong believer and seems to do one of the all time great jobs of seamless work and faith. Each site is built on a model of providing first class facilities, housing, schools, medical facitities, recreation and educational training. It is a throw back to the old China SOE model, only they lose billions and SMIC makes billions. I am certain that this is not without problems which we did not hear about, however Richard is a strong proponent of looking after the total person.

As I was marveling over mattel's inovation-market cycle, i asked Richard about their cycles. They only manufacture,not design anything. However, because they service a multitude of companies who are constantly innovating, they average haveing to change their models/cycles every three months. I think it is an engineering make over. it is difficult to comprehend having to assimilate 10k people in such a period of time and retain one's sanity yet they're doing it.
Plus, they, as part of their service to customer function, they work with over 400 design firms which have sprung up in Shanghai to service their customers.
And, the government built a church on their premises for them, or split cost with them.
it was a good model of being a light on the hill and being invited into the conversaation of the community; in fact, they are the conversation.


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