“You knew what you needed to do, so why did you do what you did?” – Futurist Jim Carroll
As a futurist, I’ll admit I’m often mystified by the future!
As in: why would a whole bunch of smart people undertake activities that align themselves to the reality of the future, and then do something that is completely at odds with their ability to get there?
That’s where we are in the world today as a ‘trade war’ unfolds. I’ve spent time with leading manufacturing groups and executives throughout the US; I have spoken to thousands of farmers and agricultural groups; I’ve spent time with Fortune 500 CEO’s who are focused on global markets; all kinds of people who work in the HR industry and are thinking about how to get advanced skills; and many more situations. All of them have talked to me about the fact they know their path to growth is found in world markets, and ensuring they can adapt to the technology and opportunity of today in order to compete in the global economy of tomorrow.
And then, many of them did the exact opposite. They chose a a path forward that involves walls, tariffs, barriers and and an attitude of intolerance.
We’re starting to see the inevitable results of that conundrum in thinking.
What happens from this point out? Did I say that as a futurist, I am often mystified? One thing I do know is this: a 2 year old learns quickly that if they do something dumb, they get hurt, and they adjust their behaviour going forward.