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Top of Mind Thursday May 16, 2019: The Paradox of Choice

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As of yesterday, there were 23 Democratic candidates officially running for President in 2020, and at least a half dozen more contemplating joining the race.

Leverage2Market LogoTalk about a noisy process! There are now so many candidates that even two levels of presidential debates won’t likely fit all of them.

While it’s great to see so many people actively engaged in the electoral process, is it really good for the country to have so many people chasing one nomination?

The 2000 Jam Experiment, conducted by researchers at Stanford and Columbia, revealed that when they had just a few flavors to choose from, consumers readily bought jam. But when the number of flavors expanded greatly, people actually stopped buying–because they were overwhelmed by having too much choice.

In the 14 months between now and the Democratic Convention in Milwaukee, the field will be winnowed. Some candidates will decide to drop out. Others will leave because they run out of funding or see no feasible path to the nomination. Still others will capture some primary and caucus votes and hold on to try and influence the party’s nomination.

Let’s hope the departure process happens sooner rather than later, to give American voters a number of choices that is likely to engage them rather than drive them away.

Skipping a jam purchase at the supermarket is not a big deal. But skipping a presidential primary because there are too many choices puts the country in a jam that hurts all of us.

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Top of Mind Thursday May 9, 2019: Not in the Cards

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Two weeks ago, a Washington state senator made the comment that nurses have enough free time that they probably play cards for most of the day.

Leverage2Market LogoThe outrage was immediate. The woman who made the statement received over 10,000 emails and 35,000 phone calls protesting her comments–not to mention thousands and thousands of decks of playing cards.

I’ve had the privilege to know many nurses throughout my life. There isn’t a single one who seemed to have enough spare time to do any personal tasks during their shift–let alone to sit and play cards all day.

I’m writing this from the ICU of a hospital in Scranton, PA, where my mother has been hospitalized for about a week with a serious case of pneumonia. Every single member of the nursing staff (and we’ve met quite a few) has been not just highly competent and responsive, but warm and caring, too. There is no doubt in our minds that they are a huge part of the reason my mother is recovering so well.

This week is National Nurse’s Week. Why not take the time to send some cards to your favorite nurses? Not the playing card kind, but the Hallmark type that say thank you–we appreciate you.

Or maybe just send a text or leave a voice message. Most of them are so busy they may not even have time to read a card.

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Top of Mind Thursday May 2, 2019: In the Line of Fire

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Twice in the last week, innocent civilians put themselves in the path of bullets, sacrificing their lives to save others.

Leverage2Market LogoOn Saturday, Lori Kaye stepped in front of her rabbi during a shooting at a synagogue in Poway, CA, likely saving his life. On Tuesday in North Carolina, Riley Howell ran toward an armed gunman, knocking him down and giving others the ability to escape.

We know that first responders run towards a disaster while everyone else runs away. But how often do we see ordinary people step up and put their lives at risk to save others?

This doesn’t mean we should all put ourselves in danger in these kind of situations. But it should make us wonder, is there something we can do to provide help to those in trouble–just a small action that repeated by many others might make a world of difference.

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day–a day to stop and think about the millions of people who were exterminated in the Holocaust in Europe in the 1940s, as well as those who have died in similar genocides in the decades since then.

Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel said, “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”

Let us take a moment to honor all those who have died unjustly, including Lori and Riley this past week, by considering what we can each do to help heal the world by shedding our indifference.

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Top of Mind Thursday April 18, 2019: In Disrepair

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The world watched in stunned disbelief this week, as the Cathedral Notre Dame in Paris caught fire and burned for hours, with hundreds of firefighters bravely fighting back the blaze to save irreplaceable artwork and religious artifacts.

Leverage2Market LogoWhen the flames died down, it appears that the main part of the cathedral remained standing, with many precious pieces of artwork and religious relics spared. Several of France’s richest citizens have already pledged billions of euros toward the immense effort needed to rebuild the 800 year old landmark.

It’s too soon to know what caused the fire, but it possibly was related to remodeling efforts intended to restore the building to its former glory. What had not been well-publicized was how the condition of the much-loved cathedral had deteriorated due to lack of proper maintenance. The building was in terrible disrepair. As a result, when a spark started in the attic, it spread quickly in a structure that was filled with flammable materials and lacking in basic fire prevention and suppression capabilities.

How different might this situation have been if those in charge had taken time to correct deficiencies when they were small, before they created conditions that were ready to turn disastrous with just a spark.

How often do we focus on the facades in our business at the cost of the core infrastructure underneath?  How many times do we ignore critical changes that could keep our business from imploding?
When a well-loved landmark is badly damaged, the community comes together to support rebuilding efforts. But wouldn’t it make more sense to do what’s needed upfront to prevent a tragedy instead?

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