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  México Watch

To my friends and former colleagues in México: don’t be deceived by the early artificially low mortality rate. This pandemic is horrific. It is not the flu. It is not “flu-lite.” It is a devastating, extremely contagious disease that tortures the victims that it kills. It is the thirteenth cocoliztli.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has betrayed your people with his indifference to the science behind the pandemic. (You don’t have to be as terrible and inept as Enrique Peña Nieto to still be terrible and inept.) As an American, I can speak with some experience: leaders belittle or ignore the coronavirus at substantial peril.

 The New York Times: “In Mexico, a Truck Full of Corpses Takes a Mystery Road Trip”

 The New York Times: “Fearing Corruption Inquiry, Former Mexico Party Chief Moves to Block Arrest’”

 The New York Times: “Losing Faith in the State, Some Mexican Towns Quietly Break Away’”

 The New York Times: “In Mexico, ‛It’s Easy to Kill a Journalist’”  Leer en Español

 The New York Times: “Using Texts as Lures, Government Spyware Targets Mexican Activists and Their Families”

 The Guardian: “‛Adiós!’: Mexican Newspaper Norte Closes After Murder of Journalist”

 Mexico News Daily: “Mexico is Third Most Dangerous Country.”

 Mexico News Daily: Mexico Daily News

 The New York Times: Corruption at a Level of Audacity ‛Never Seen in Mexico’

  Random Access

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, I will continue to offer my MOOCs by invitation to former students. All materials are provided; there are no fees. Recent topics have included:
- Agile: A Lot More Than Marketing
- Speed: The Misplaced Virtue
- Blockchain, Bitcoin & the Future of Trust
- The No-Nonsense Job Hunt (new material)
- Cyber War
- Why Your On-Line Strategy Will Fail — And How You Can Prevent It

This is a national emergency, and it’s time for all who can to step up to help their neighbors, the nation, and the world. That’s why so many of my colleagues have joined with me to apply our professional skills to both individuals and organizations in need.
What?! They’re not?! Really?! Oh. (Some, who have failed students, are now failing humanity, I’m afraid.)
OK, if you are in the high-risk group — over 65, male, with pre-existing conditions — you can be excused for not being hands-on. Still, you needn’t cower in fear, hiding under your bed in a fetal position. Find a project and get involved, even if it’s just giving advice online. As for all of you who are not in the at-risk group, uh, you have no excuses. Make a difference. Start today. Need ideas? Put your expertise to work:
- What’s the best approach for going on-line?
- What will be the macro-economic impact of the pandemic (and the public debt)?
- How can organizations be restructured for the post-pandemic world?
- How must business communications change to improve effectiveness?
- What is the pandemic revealing about the role and the nature of incentives?
- What lessons can be learned in the realm of corporate finance?
- What elements of public policy should be prioritized?
- How can marketing be used to combat misinformation?
- How can your community respond?
- How can the health system be made more equitable?

The time to act is now, folks. “Much is required from the person to whom much is given; much more is required from the person to whom much more is given.”

 

  What I’m Up To...

The big news around Stately Wayne Manor is that I’m now a first-time grandfather! We are limited to seeing him on Skype, so you will have to take my word for it: he is the cutest little baby ever!

I’m happy to say that my second (non-technical) book prototype is finished! (That means it’s presentable to professionals, if not the masses.) My old office partner, Bob-Bob, used to say, “When you think you’re 90 percent done with a major project, that when you’re hit the half-way mark.” He’s right, but it’s still exciting to reach this benchmark for a labor of love.

On a more somber note, I had written earlier that the situation in Haïti has deteriorated, making me reconsider several projects there. Covid-19 has made a bad situation much, much worse. I’m a proponent of incremental change when those changes compound. Just as investing small regular contributions in an interest-earning account can build up fast, small development projects can have a compounding effect, as well. But when the macro-environment is out of control — as in Haïti — you need to find a way to buffer against the Big Randoms there: an unstable government, a terrible economy, existential weather, a climate catastrophe (and, now, the pandemic). Last year, it was two steps forward, and ten steps back. This year, it’s worse. My speech on May 24 to the Forward people will have to be on-line, which may be good, because they are not going to like what I have to say.

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Live an amazing life! Decide to learn, to create, and to do more — today. Use technology to do things that were unimaginable yesterday. Never settle.

 

 Cool Stuff in Wayne’s World...

 Innovation Project

Mission: Integrate innovation into the curriculum. I have been teaching individual creativity and corporate innovation since 2005. Everyone wants it; no one wants to work for it. I can change that.

 Distance Learning Project

Mission: Make distance learning as good as — or better than — one-on-one tutoring, by any pedagogical standard. Am I there yet? No — but I can reliably beat every platform on the market. Want to see how?

 Emerging Business Paradigm

Mission: Re-think business and business education. All you know about business is wrong. All you know about business is right. This apparent paradox drives the Emerging Business Paradigm. Want to know more?

 The Music Project

Mission: Getting this to the stage was going to be easy. Not so much. Whenever I think I’ve made progress, I hear the Precision Guided Thinkers jeering, and it’s da capo al fine.

 Change the World

Mission: Make a real difference. Change the world. A little ambitious? Yes. Impossible? Probably. Completely nuts? I won’t disagree. But if we don’t try, who will?

 The Writing Project

Mission: Thank-you, Donald Kaul, who taught me when to write; Richard Freed, who taught me how to write; Anne Lamott, who taught me why to write, and Tom Wolfe, who taught me not to write.