Get used to Google Translate. The conversation is global. The subject ranges from cars to politics to espionage to health care, but the message is the same: keep your ears open and your eyes on the road ahead because it’s not going to look like the one behind you.
This week alone, Ford’s no-factory-in- Mexico announcement, which yes, was about jobs – fewer, higher-skilled jobs for people who can help build the company’s leadership in “autonomous” (self-driving) and electric vehicles. The IP may stay in Michigan, but it will be tested and applied globally in some of the world’s most “challenging” traffic conditions. Because the future is about renewable technology and multi-modal transportation.
Paying attention is not easy. What stood out in reading David Sanger’s analysis of the American intelligence agencies report on Russian influence on the recent election, was not that the intrusions were undetected, it’s that so much going on, it was impossible to see the forest for the trees. Then, lo and behold, Alexey Pushkov, a member of the Russian Parliament, is tweeting about how silly you are to imagine such things. The future will continue to be a global one and maybe not the one we imagined.
I tend to be goal oriented but have learned to pull back and consider that the most unlikely outcome may be the one that comes to fruition. Having a role in sales has been particularly instructive: focus on possibilities, not outcomes. There is no magic bullet, only a reminder to get enough sleep, keep your skills current and stay open.
NOTE: Getting back to Google Translate, if you’ve haven’t read Gideon-Lewis Kraus’ “Going Neural,” make it a priority. Think about it in terms of our fear of change.