“Trying to build yourself up by beating on your friends? It probably isn’t the greatest strategy for the future!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
It didn’t seem to work for the kid who tried to beat me up in Grade 2. I quickly figured out that it might make more sense to establish a friendship in order to work together to get things done. I helped him with his homework, and invited him to my birthday party. Crisis averted. There is a concept that many business organizations try to build a corporate culture around, called ‘emotional maturity.’ Today, in the White House, we have none. Not even that of a 6 year old.
90% of my events today are throughout the US – most for Fortune 500 organizations. I spend time with CEO’s who are focused on growing their world markets – they know the path to the future comes from the pursuit of new opportunities and markets around the world. Much of that strategy comes from building up global relationships, not tearing them down.
And in real time, it seems on almost a daily basis, we have a country that is doing its best to tear apart that reality. Lots of folks waking up in the world today and saying, saying, WTF. Indeed WTF.
The good news? Grade 2 came to an end. Grade 3 happened, and the future went on. The bully? By and large, he faded from view, never to be seen again. The future? There’s always hope.