CHAPTER 1

THE ADDICTION

       Addiction is the irrational pursuit of a likely harmful reward. There are two common properties to addictive temptations. First, they are reinforcing (i.e. position us to want more) and second, they are rewarding (i.e. induce comfort and pleasure). Many large and small companies and their leaders are stuck in their approach to planning and execution. Some are compulsive about rigid budgeting cycles, some are obsessed with existing business models and others are focused on defending their turf. They are guided by old habits formed in an era where competition was more static. They are, by definition, addicted and pursuing a dangerous prize.

Sections:

·  The Indiscriminating Disease

Next

Chapter

·  Fear Not

·  Seeds of Destruction

·  The State of Corporate Affairs

·  First, Admit You Have a Problem

“We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.”  - Dr. Santosh Kalwar, Scientist and Author

PART FOUR : DO OR DIE... EVOLVE AND THRIVE

CHAPTER 8

TWO MINUTE WARNING

      In the NFL, the “Two Minute Warning” signals the end of a battle. It is the last chance to win. A short time before victory or defeat. A warning to the teams to step up and give it their all.

      In spring of 1964, President Lyndon Johnson, was given a real life “Two Minute Warning.” An ad-hoc commission delivered a report on forces that will soon re-shape the society and the economy: Civil Rights, Nuclear Weapons, and widespread Job Automation. While two out of three warnings created change, automation did not cause massive unemployment and social upheaval.

      Similarly today, concerns around Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and Robotics are front and center. Experts have issued another imminent warning.

“The future ain't what it used to be.”

                                                 - Yogi Berra

Sections:

·   The Path and the Upside

·   The Downside: Defeat, Extinction and Mayhem

·   An Alternative View

·   To Ponder

         

Chapter 8 - Two Minute Warning
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“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”  - Winston Churchill