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April 2019


Dear Friends and Colleagues

As luck would have it, this month's newsletter comprises four articles on "Common Enemies." Okay, I helped luck along last month by not using one of these articles even though it was "next in rotation." Once in a while, I do plan ahead!

Common Enemies
In keeping with the theme, I'm reminded that grandparents and their grandchildren are said to get along so well because they have a common enemy—the grandchild's parents!

I admit that I never felt that way, but I do understand the sentiment. When Isaac (pictured above at about three-years-old) was about eight months old, I was watching him while his mother went into a small restaurant to buy food. Isaac was hungry, tired, and very fussy. So I did what any self-respecting grandfather would do—I gave him some brownie while we waited—a definite infraction of the "no dessert before you eat your lunch" rule. In the photo, I was also breaking the rules by letting him walk along the window ledge (about three feet off the floor) at the airport. Isaac was working up the courage to step around the vertical post, and I was encouraging him to do so. Momma and Grammy were not too pleased with me.

Back to the food infraction. His mother, knowing I would never have done this if, as a baby, she was hungry, tired, and fussy, wanted to know, "Who took my father?" My response was, "Nobody took your father. When you were a child, your mother and I were responsible for you. But now, you're responsible for Isaac, so we get to spoil him!"

Who's Responsible?
The thing is, we have to recognize when we have a common enemy. And then, we have to accept responsibility for the defenses required to mitigate that enemy's actions. The articles below address what I see as a few of our common enemies as a global society. They are Climate Change, Technological Disruption, Cybersecurity, and Economic Bifurcation in that order.

I believe that humans haven't recognized that these changes are an enemy or that we are the ones responsible for mitigating them. The consensus is building in that direction, but we haven't yet reached a sense of urgency. We dither at our own expense! I hope you find the articles engaging and convincing.

On the Economy
The business owners in my network are still cautiously optimistic. The economic reports are beginning to point strongly to slow to negative growth at the end of this year or the first quarter of 2020. Either way, business leaders are continuing to invest in their people and their company assets while at the same time, focusing on reducing expenses. It is a matter of balancing the need to be ready for a downturn while at the same time, being prepared to take advantage of the turnaround after such a slowdown. Who said business would be easy?

I hope you find this newsletter useful and enjoy reading it. Thanks to all of you for the encouragement along the way.

Enjoy!

Best Regards,
Dave Kinnear
Executive Leader Coach
Vistage Chair

Common Enemy Part I
Climate Change

As leaders, we are charged with the vision for our organization. That usually means predicting where we need to be in the future. People with different world views will unite when they have a common enemy. I believe we have major “enemies” that have the potential to unite people across the globe: Climate Change — Part I, Technological Disruption — Part II, Cybersecurity — Part III, and Economic Bifurcation — Part IV (significant economic inequality).

My hypothesis is that sooner or later, as these enemies grow more powerful, people will finally begin to join forces to overcome them. At that point, as Nick Hanauer has said, there will be pitchforks. Prior to the pitchforks though, I believe we will see our businesses affected by change and unrest.

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Common Enemy Part II
Technological Disruption

Few people in my professional network disagree with the statement that technology is accelerating change in our business and in our personal lives. There is, however, a wide range of opinions on exactly what that means for the future.

This article explores some of the areas around technological disruption where there is a consensus as well as discusses where different opinions abound.

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Common Enemy Part III
Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is the protection of Internet-connected systems, including hardware, software, and data, from cyber-attacks. Pretty easy and straightforward to say — probably impossible to actually accomplish. It is said that there are two kinds of companies in the world: those that have been hacked and know it and those that have been hacked but don’t know it.

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Common Enemy Part IV
Economic Bifurcation

For a long time now, there has been a growing disparity between the haves and the have-nots. Income Inequality is painfully obvious.


The top 1 percent of families took home an average of 26.3 times as much income as the bottom 99 percent in 2015, according to a new paper released by the Economic Policy Institute, a non-profit, nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C. This has increased since 2013, showing that income inequality has risen in nearly every state.

Economic Policy Institute

Technology, in the form of automation of manufacturing, will certainly exacerbate this trend. 

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Last month, I promised to let you know how things were progressing with the book by Gregory Diehl, The Influential Author. Here's the review, And no, all the details about what it takes to publish a book didn't discourage me. Yes, it did inspire me to begin the planning process. I'll keep you informed of any real progress!

This month I intend to read Joan Biskupics's new book, The Chief Justice. I'm looking forward to learning more about the relationships between the justices.

 

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Tech & Employment


Building Confidence In The Age Of AI: How Can The American Workforce Adapt?

By Rick Miller

Many people are scared of what AI might mean for the future, and the media is to blame. As story after story churns out for consumption, most offer a common point of view—artificial intelligence (AI) will “take your job.”

Today’s headlines warn about the elimination of truck drivers, bank tellers, cashiers, factory workers, and newspaper reporters—just to name a few.

This tired, fear-based approach to attracting eyeballs has been around for a long time. It plays into our fear of loss. Our parents were also scared when they read articles about how the travesty of automation's progress would eliminate jobs and cause waves of unemployment. And when was the last time you talked to a switchboard operator, TV repairman, bridge toll taker, film projectionist or railway station ticket seller?

Yet last I checked, the United States was operating at close to full employment.

The truth is that there is no consensus on whether AI will eliminate more jobs than it will create. But the central question is now, as it has always been, how best can the workforce adapt to unending change and progress, and minimize anxiety about the future?

To date, the answer has been simply, just learn new things.

But perhaps for the first time, it’s no longer enough to simply learn more. We also need to learn differently. In my view, we also need to learn in new ways, learn to integrate what we learn and learn more about ourselves.

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