Tom did an awesome job bringing in a different perspective to our class. Since he is from Canada and is very involved in both public and private policy, he is very knowledgeable on several subjects. When discussing globalization, I knew that Canada did a fair number of trades with us, but did not realize 83%. That number is enormous and as Michelle said, its not a good thing when you put all your eggs in one basket. The sneeze that the US is going through now is affecting them more than ever. I do like the way he brought up and discussed our thoughts on how things should be handled, whether through government or other means. I do like the emphasis he put on focusing on strategy, whether is was for the business or the big picture of how things could be handled. I agree with the topic of the government should not be constantly be bailing people out, but if the company has a strategy for the future that is both positive and well thought out and all well known reasons are know, like the NWA situation, it is ok.
As good as GMills was, Tom perspective and insight, was the most beneficial to date. Having him come in brings to light many different thing, especially to always think big picture. As a take away for ourselves, to specialize in something, be great at it, and make yourself special is quality advice that I will take with me when entering the workforce. Also, here in America as we only heare about jobs going out and blah blah, we always have to be aware of the other side of the story. Once again think big picture.
Again, Tom did a fantastic job and was able to offer advice and insight that will stick with me for the future!