Top of Mind Thursday – June 17, 2021: Overheating

The western half of the United States is in the middle of an extreme heat wave. Temperature records are being broken across the country.

Leverage2Market LogoThe situation is exacerbated by the extensive drought conditions faced by most of this area. Lakes and dams are at record low levels; dried grass and plants are like tinder. In CA, warnings have gone out about fire danger, as well as the need to conserve power to avoid blackouts.

This is not the first time this has happened, nor will it be the last. One of the impacts of climate change is we see more and more extreme weather events–from record-breaking heat to stronger hurricanes, tornadoes, and even massive snow storms.

We know all this, yet there is a limited number of actions currently being taken to mitigate this. We cut back dried vegetation to avoid fires and ask people to turn up their thermostats, but those are temporary measures. The bigger actions–such as reinforcing the power grid, building fire resistant structures, adding additional energy sources–require more thought, more work, and more investment. Yet that’s where the greatest returns will be.

There’s a Chinese proverb that says a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. Getting more people who take that initial step makes the journey easier for everyone. It’s time to recruit as many people as we can to take the first big steps to deal with this issue–before a little overheating turns into a massive conflagration.

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Top of Mind Thursday : June 10, 2021 – Meeting Expectations

As we emerge from pandemic limitations, people are beginning to gravitate to seeing each other in person.

Leverage2Market LogoBreakfasts, lunches, dinners, coffee–we now have the chance to see family, friends, and colleagues in the flesh for the first time in over a year. If we’re vaccinated, we can gather in groups–almost like the old days.

But what’s interesting is that in some cases, people don’t want to go back to the old way of doing things–and it’s not from fear of catching the virus. In-person meetings involve planning, dressing up (including pants and shoes!), and travel time–not to mention more calories from all those meals.

After more than a year of avoiding all of this, some of us actually like no commute, no dress-up, no drama events, and that’s not likely to change any time soon.

We’ve watched how people and organizations adapted to being totally virtual, because they had no choice. The next step is to adapt to hybrid situations where some people choose to show up in person, and others use technology to attend from a distance.

Navigating the new landscape will be more complicated and more challenging than operating entirely in the virtual world. The question is how well will we do to manage meeting expectations.

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Top of Mind Thursday : June 3, 2021 – Beating the Odds

In a desperate attempt to get reluctant Americans vaccinated against COVID-19, many locales are creating cash and merchandise prizes to incentivize the holdouts.

Leverage2Market LogoThis runs the gamut from free food and beer to vacations, cars, and even guns. In California, the newly vaccinated will receive $50 incentive cards and all those in the state who are vaccinated will be entered into a drawing for a $50,000 weekly prize or the grand prize of $1.5 million.

Is this a good use of funds? It looks like the incentives are motivating some people to get vaccinated. Whether it will be enough people to get us over the top on herd immunity is still to be determined.

The decision making process is fascinating. In California, the chance of an individual winning a prize is 2.2 million (much better than winning the lottery!).That’s the upside.

The downside: Without vaccination, the chance of getting severe, even life-threatening, symptoms from a COVID infection is 1 in 6. The chance of getting COVID at all depends on the amount of virus circulating at any given time, and that in turn is dependent on the precautions being taken (like wearing masks) and the preventative measures taken (getting vaccinated).

Yet the slight promise of a big payout is enough to move more people than the fear of severe illness or death. Such is human nature.

It would be great to know that the chance of being more prepared against an event in the future will be increased because of what we’re learning now. But I wouldn’t bet on it.

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Top of Mind Thursday, May 27, 2021: Shuffling the Deck

Last week, AT&T announced it was spinning off its Warner Media division into a company that will merge with Discovery. At about the same time, Amazon spent more than $8 billion to acquire MGM. Disney acquired Lucasfilms and Marvel for $4 billion a piece over 10 years ago and has reaped tremendous benefits from those deals.

Leverage2Market LogoAT&T fought a long antitrust battle to buy Time Warner–now, only 2 years later, they’re dumping Warner Media at a discount. Why do some mega deals work and some fizzle out?

Management consultant Peter Drucker said culture eats strategy for lunch. The best laid plans are sidetracked by cultures that are incompatible or create conflict in the workplace. The cultures of HBO, Time Warner, and AT&T were all very different. Putting them under one corporate banner didn’t build the expected synergy.

But you don’t need a big merger to create culture issues. Different functional groups have different cultures and often they don’t mesh well together. There are cultural differences among geographies as well.

Now, there’s another element to consider: how cultures have changed as a result of the pandemic. Some groups have been able to work from home and love it–some don’t. Some have not been able to work remotely and resent those who do. Some businesses, like Delta Airlines, are requiring employees to be vaccinated–some refuse to even ask the question.

Culture exists, whether we acknowledge it or not. The question is are you working to understand yours and to develop a culture that works effectively–or are you ignoring culture at your peril?

It may be the difference between playing a winning hand–or folding early.

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