Across the world, some 200 nations and 10,000 cities are lined up for technology to fix the economy, climate change and save nations, hence some advancing by the hours, some wandering around sundials waiting for the right sunshine and some searching for a clock. It is easy to identify who is who and what is going on as technology creates transparency. Political leaders across the world currently occupy slaying the dragon of pandemic, while upskilling and reskilling are still stuck in the mud. Miniscule numbers of economies are advancing while others are sliding back fast. So what is going to happen?
Why this new global war of the mindsets, should we fix it or leave it, if digital-divide is primarily a mental-divide, after all, decades old singsongs still failed to digitize speak volume. It is about time now to face if nations will ever solve this. It is about time to realize that COP26 will only work in streamlined economies. It is also time to acknowledge taxing the super rich will never bring grassroots prosperity to the nations. The top 1% cannot fill the 99% needs because that is the job of good political leadership. Why not let wealth grow as long as tax laws followed, compliance for all but without open tunnels to paradises closed. Jack Ma was chosen but not over the nation.
Nevertheless, the future has something specific on mind; Digitized economies will plug into a digitized world like bloodstream to a body. Virtualization of the economies will become the eyes to see in real-time and bounce with the world in real time. Robotization will replace managerial and procedural decision makers; create unlimited thinking time for out of the box thinkers, the entrepreneurial minds of the game changers. Stark warnings for those, ‘do not hear, talk or see’ mindsets. The bold new players of global-age engage on the global stage on commercialization as a natural outcome of hyper-accelerated dialogues in competitive arenas where real value transactions flow.
Upskilling and reskilling are the critically missing links. Bureaucratic mindsets must learn to tango with entrepreneurial mindsets and advance. Advancements will decide the future of governments. No proof required, as after all, it is the very smart minds but trapped in wrong places that cause economic destruction. Currently, across the world, outside a very small percentage of Government departments, local trade groups, chambers, trade associations and economic development agencies, despite great mindsets, most seem unable to articulate such critical narratives. Observe their silence; notice their lack of change, the lingering mental-divide.
The humans are always trapped in their own peculiar mindsets; while these mindsets are all-good, but only when positioned on right matching challenges in the desired trajectory, but not in a wrong battlefield, either by choice or lingering job security fears.
Next, the LinkedIn factor; select any of the thousands of senior officials across the world, with long titles and complex economic growth, exports and job-creation departments. Notice their profiled resumes very often having no particular experiences to link them to the challenging mandates assigned, especially when their top degrees often are no longer guarantees of successful performances. Why frequent flyers cannot fly jumbo-planes? Observe the silence and lack of ideas or motivation in critical meetings. Study, short history of 100 nations or 1000 cities, as Economic Development is an entrepreneurial mandate for job-creators types and not so much for some mathematically centric, accountancy mindsets occupied with numbering analysis. Economics is just a calculator from a dollar store to do columns; the needed printing of unlimited moist currency that now requires special doctorates to manage numbers. The real economic growth is impossible without entrepreneurial mindset.
Post pandemic recovery must have each layer of economic development and job creation mandate some authoritative entrepreneurial thinking at the center. Furthermore, national mobilization of idle resources, often are not new funding dependent rather deployment hungry and execution starved, stays untapped. Across the world, the sufferers are always the small medium business economies and the ones starved are the local grassroots prosperity levels. Come early snow, when the leaves stop drifting, the rain of free currencies may dry up; choose wisely, as absence of any permanent solution will only linger as virtual dreams before the winter of our discontent.
Now, the urgency demands qualified execution; Success at times is failure management; failure is often about a lost battle, but not about a lost war, the ultimate success is not necessarily about winning a war, success more about better understanding of the battlefield, as the real victory hidden outside the war.
Rearrange, restart or reset, take it or leave it. Before underpinned with heavy problems; if gravity is a challenge, do not search for sinkholes rather discover levitation. If eyes cannot see far enough, work with vision as the eye of the mind. If opinions of others scare you, retrain your ears to allow listening to extreme criticism. To advance, apply critical thinking to liberate yourself from criticism, open your mind, to win on your battlefield, plan to do planning and repeat. If silence surrounds you because of unknown hidden fears, speak of truth as your light and your sword. Do not succumb to your battle of being busy. The victory is about understanding outside the battlefield. Match your own mindset with your real goals. Win the battle of mindset, take it or leave it.
The rest is easy.