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  1. Bill Van Eron
    September 15, 2019

    Hi Greg, Nice to see you covering digital as I am sure folks value the depth you add. I value hearing other perspectives and facts but often see even the brightest people miss what the few of us who synthesis what really matters as an extension of a more advanced design think or conscious design mindset and skills.

    I’d like to address a few points you make well while adding a different design perspective.

    1. Yes, so called leaders really are missing major opportunities to really lead as they take risk aversion to new levels. As I shared with you earlier, my work for HP between 1978 and 2001, kept a great company on the forefront of trust and relevance. Yes, engineering was the dominant left brained culture that often failed to understand the criticality of right brain infusions, as I was able to add without any significant disruption to current priorities. That kept the brand trusted, inclusive and super relevant. After I left HP it hurt me to realize that they failed to groom others to connect to the values that define the internal & external ecosystem that defines how worthy any org really is, so success for the majority continues to be a bigger struggle.

    2. When I see leaders struggling to act on clear factors, such as I saw and acted on over 30 years ago that have only gained in importance today… it amazes me because markets and employees have been long ready to embrace such actions. I worry that they will now fail to see where things are headed – as you nicely infer – because early adoption is already too late. I was interested when in the height of attention to big data and analytics, most CEO’s still valued their intuition, without realizing they have to reinvest in their ecosystem to better understand the impacts, values & higher relevance.

    3. I like your different context of an ecosystem that is vital to support change, like an infrastructure. What most miss in an age where disruption happens exponentially faster, is that it takes a university 9 years to recognize new factors, find an expert, create curriculum… which to me puts higher education on a self obsolescence speedway. Industry already is a critic of Education despite its own inability to see the huge array of innovation and leap opportunities, if you know what to look for. Flip that around, as I’d like to, and I see an interdependent mutually advantaged Ed and Industry scenario.

    4. Regarding digital and transformation: Not sure it caught your attention yet but several studies show that more CEO’s are concerned their org lacks soft skills. Several sources noted that “Digital Addiction” has clearly eroded reasoning, problem solving, focus, creativity, relationships and most things human. This is happening at a crossroads of AI and other technologies potentially elimination many categories of work, especially where it is repetitive.

    Look at how Gallup depicts 70% of employees as emotionally disconnected from work, and the huge ration of younger gens that prefer entrepreneurial careers, thus score large corporations as the worst environs. Conversely, large corps list talent recruitment as a top priority. My goal was to show more younger gens how they can shape success by adding greater significance, as I did, and that option is far better than just expecting it.

    Greg, I value your attention to topics that many need to become more enlightened about. You are younger and more plugged in that I am to key media so I wish you the best. Microsoft and several others confirmed the rarest find and highest value for those hoping to realize the mindset & skills that matter and apply them to be bolder, with far less risk, is someone with the very extensive experience I was blessed to bring to HP. I hope I can make that difference as an advisor soon, as we are at a time where attention to our business and general humanity is the best thing leaders can do. I heard the top 200 corporate CEO’s just stated that about a month ago, but none know how to implement, so hope to help.

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    • Greg Satell
      September 17, 2019

      Thanks for sharing your thought Bill.

      – Greg

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    • Greg Satell
      September 17, 2019

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts Bill.

      – Greg

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