3 Things to Know About Trump and Taxes in Tonight’s Speech to Congress — Fortune Words from the void

In his maiden address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, President Trump will extol his tax manifesto for putting America first. In the Trumpian lexicon, it’s a “phenomenal” plan, marking the most ambitious rollback of personal and corporate rates, and sweeping simplification in both areas, since the historic Reagan reforms three decades…

via 3 Things to Know About Trump and Taxes in Tonight’s Speech to Congress — Fortune

Mardi Gras Parade Marches Backwards to Show Support for LGBTQ Community — TIME Thank god for diversity, however and wherever it is found.

People marching in a recent Mardi Gras parade showed their support for the LGBTQ community by literally marching backwards. Topped off with candy-colored makeup and wigs, 400 people gathered behind a rainbow banner with the words “We’re Never Going Back” on Feb. 12 to defy rising hate crimes in the U.S. New Orleans Tourism Marketing…

via Mardi Gras Parade Marches Backwards to Show Support for LGBTQ Community — TIME

Mexico Threatens to Leave NAFTA If U.S. Proposes Tariffs on Products — Fortune A natural reaction to Trump

Mexico’s economy minister Ildefonso Guajardo warned that his country will break off negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) if the United States were to propose tariffs on products from Mexico, Bloomberg reported on Monday. “The moment that they say, ‘We’re going to put a 20% tariff on cars,’ I get up from…

via Mexico Threatens to Leave NAFTA If U.S. Proposes Tariffs on Products — Fortune

GOP Rep. Darrell Issa Calls for Investigation Into President Trump and Russia — TIME Who’s with me?

Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has called for an independent investigation into President Donald Trump’s associates’ alleged ties to Russia during the 2016 presidential election — making him the first Republican lawmaker to do so. Though Trump has said there’s no validity to these claims, any internal investigation into Trump and Russia would be led by…

via GOP Rep. Darrell Issa Calls for Investigation Into President Trump and Russia — TIME

Homeland Security Intelligence Report Disputes Terror Threat for Countries Included in Travel Ban — TIME Someone needs to do his homework

(WASHINGTON) — Analysts at the Homeland Security Department’s intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump’s travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States. A draft document obtained by The Associated Press concludes that citizenship is an “unlikely indicator” of terrorism threats to the United…

via Homeland Security Intelligence Report Disputes Terror Threat for Countries Included in Travel Ban — TIME

Meet President Trump’s New National Security Advisor — TIME Chaos theory amid the Emperor’s new clothes.

President Trump sought to put more than a week of turmoil in his foreign policy team to rest as he selected Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new National Security Advisor, replacing the ousted Mike Flynn. McMaster, a widely respected strategist had been in charge of developing the Army’s plans to address future threats. (He…

via Meet President Trump’s New National Security Advisor — TIME

Mark Cuban: Robots Are ‘Going to Cause Unemployment’ — Fortune So therefore, more college courses in robotics?

Investor and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban reiterated his warning that total robot takeover of blue-collar manufacturing jobs could come sooner than people may expect. “Automation is going to cause unemployment and we need to prepare for it,” he tweeted on Sunday night, sharing a Medium article about similar warnings in recent weeks by Bill…

via Mark Cuban: Robots Are ‘Going to Cause Unemployment’ — Fortune

The costs of Kim Jong-nam’s death are mounting for North Korea — Quartz

North Korea doesn’t have many friends, and it’s alienating a few important ones this week. China announced the suspension of coal imports from North Korea starting Feb. 19, crimping the isolated state’s most valuable trade route. China says it’s merely complying with United Nations sanctions adopted in November. If that’s true, the timing is remarkable.…

via The costs of Kim Jong-nam’s death are mounting for North Korea — Quartz

VR Sales Numbers Are Wet Blanket on Adoption Hopes — Fortune

This time it’s different, right? Unlike the virtual-reality fad that fizzled 15 years ago, boosters say today’s version of VR tech–backed by the likes of Facebook fb , Google googl , and Samsung–is going to be big. Well, maybe not. Sales figures for 2016 are in, and they’re not exciting: The VR industry shipped 6.3…

via VR Sales Numbers Are Wet Blanket on Adoption Hopes — Fortune

You’re a completely different person at 14 and 77, the longest-running personality study ever has found — Quartz Still biology and experience together

Look at a photo of yourself as a teenager and, mistaken fashion choices aside, it’s likely you see traces of the same person with the same personality quirks as you are today. But whether or not you truly are the same person over a lifetime—and what that notion of personhood even means—is the subject of…

via You’re a completely different person at 14 and 77, the longest-running personality study ever has found — Quartz

These Drone-Hunting Eagles Aren’t Messing Around — TIME Are bullets cheaper?

When it comes to defending against pesky drones, the French military has gone to the birds. These drone-hunting birds of prey are being trained at a French Air Force base in Southwestern France. They’re literally born on top of drones, and kept there during early stages of feeding. When they’re ready to fly, they’re brought…

via These Drone-Hunting Eagles Aren’t Messing Around — TIME

A Jewish reporter asked Trump about anti-Semitic attacks, and Trump told him to sit down and be quiet — Quartz

Towards the end of his press conference today, Donald Trump took a question from Jake Turx, a Hasidic Jewish reporter for a small US-based weekly magazine that caters to the international Orthodox Jewish community. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Turx covered Trump favorably; most Hasidic Jews voted for Trump in the election. Trump called on…

via A Jewish reporter asked Trump about anti-Semitic attacks, and Trump told him to sit down and be quiet — Quartz

Vice Admiral Robert Harward Turns Down Offer to Become National Security Adviser — TIME

(WASHINGTON) — Vice Admiral Robert Harward has turned down an offer to be President Donald Trump’s new national security adviser, the latest blow to a new administration struggling to find its footing. Harward told The Associated Press that the Trump administration was “very accommodating to my needs, both professionally and personally.” “It’s purely a personal…

via Vice Admiral Robert Harward Turns Down Offer to Become National Security Adviser — TIME

Being a successful change agent: models and techniques

change agent (CA) is someone who brings about change in another person, process, set of circumstances, group, environment, family, organization, institution, community, or theory. He or she can work for example, from the outside or the inside of a community, business, or organization, etc., to alter values, motivations, procedures, knowledge, communications, products, physical and psycho-social environments, and policies. A CA usually assists as a process helper, catalyst, resource linker, or solution giver.

Effective change agents are assisted by resources such as talent or skill, charisma, facts, techniques, access to funds, and access to influencers and key stakeholders. Internal change agents generally act in accordance with their prescribed roles or job description, whereas external change agents are paid a fee for their services by the employer. Exceptions for example, are government change agents who provide services to others, as part of their duties. The active relationship (duty or contract; ongoing or short-lived) between the CA and his or her audience/client, is called the interface.

The internal model of change has the following interface features:

  1. Objective and subjective factors tend to be minimized, due to familiarity;
  2. systems are task, human, structure, technology;
  3. functions are goal attainment, integration, adaptation, pattern-maintenance;
  4. agent brings knowledge, skill, loyalty/duty
  5. change time is relatively short;
  6. outcome bias tends to be high;
  7. knowledge is academically derived, or a reformulation of current;
  8. change impact is parochial/amorphous.

Advantages

  1.  he knows the system;
  2. he speaks the language
  3. he understands the norms;
  4. he identifies with the system’s needs and goals;
  5. he is a familiar figure.

Disadvantages

  1. he may lack perspective;
  2. he may lack the special knowledge or skill relevant to the innovation;
  3. he may not have an adequate power base to elicit support;
  4. he may have to live down his past failures;
  5. he may  not have the independence ofmovement within the organization;
  6. he may have to face the difficult task of redefining his on-going relationships with the other members of the system;
  7. he may place duty above reason.

The external model of change has the following interface features:

  1. objective and subjective factors tend to be maximized, due to unfamiliarity;
  2. systems are task, human, structure, technology;
  3. functions are goal attainment, integration, adaptation, pattern-maintenance;
  4. agent brings knowledge, skill, neutrality, motivation;
  5. change time is relatively long;
  6. outcome bias tends to be low;
  7. knowledge is acaademically derived, or a reformulation of current or new;
  8. change impact is substantively pervasive/durable.

Advantages

  1. he starts fresh, unburdened by possible negative stereotypes;
  2. he is in a position to have perspective and objectivity;
  3. he may have access to a wider spectrum of resarch facilities and data
  4. he is independent of the power structure of his client system;
  5. he is in a position to bring to the interface, something genuinely new most of the time.

Available change strategies to both internal and external CAs:

  1. rational-technical (reasoning, data, majority vote, utopian thinking, instrumental);
  2. normative-reeducative (fosters personal growth, consensus, value change, norms, group process);
  3. power-coercive (strategies of non-violence, confrontation, edicts, manipulation).

CAs who have professional credentials, e.g., economist, community developer, mental health worker, psychologist, engineer, etc., may, in their idealizations of professional ideology, separate out several distinguishable, but often intermeshed, sets of activities. These are:

  1. researcher (emphasis on objectivity; experimental/laboratory; field surveys, sampling);
  2. ‘sociotherapist’ (emphasis on subjectivity; advocate/activist [action researcher]; enabler, catalyst, facilitator).

Professional CAs adhere to codes of ethics often supplied and proscribed, by their respective professional associations. These codes act as control devices, implicitly or explicitly, to protect the public, organizational members/clients, audiences, from exploitation or incompetent delivery of services.

I will write more on professional ethics in my next post. Feel free to contact me by email (hillphd2@gmail.com).

 

© Terry Hill, PhD

 

 

The Rise and Rise of Airbnb — Fortune

Good morning. Here’s a number to start your day: the folks who run Airbnb believe they will earn as much as $3.5 billion a year by 2020, before interest, taxes and depreciation, according to Fortune’s Leigh Gallagher. That’s an audacious goal–up 3,400% from last year’s earnings, and more money than made by 85% of the…

via The Rise and Rise of Airbnb — Fortune

Ex-DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman: How I Survived in a Room Full of Men — Fortune It IS possible!

The MPW Insiders Network is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s answer for, “How can women be taken seriously in a room full of men?” is written by Ellen Kullman, former CEO of DuPont. When I tell people that a male colleague once…

via Ex-DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman: How I Survived in a Room Full of Men — Fortune

Playboy Magazine Is Bringing Back Nude Photos — Fortune Naked is normal for both sexes, but not on the streets yet

Playboy has decided to bring nude photos back to its magazine, in a reversal of its 2015 announcement that it would not include naked women in print. Cooper Hefner, the chief creative officer of Playboy said it “was a mistake” to remove nudity from the magazine in a statement on Monday. “I’ll be the first…

via Playboy Magazine Is Bringing Back Nude Photos — Fortune

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Has Resigned — TIME

National security adviser Michael Flynn has resigned after reports he misled Trump administration officials about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. Flynn’s departure less than one month into the Trump administration marks an extraordinarily early shakeup in the president’s senior team of advisers. Flynn was a loyal Trump supporter throughout the campaign, but…

via National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Has Resigned — TIME

Populism Has ‘The Upper Hand’: Panelists Discuss Global Transformation Under President Trump — TIME Being in the ‘trough’ of social change

Populism has an increasing influence on the world in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency, Brexit and the rising far-right movement in other European countries, and it’s a movement that will have wide-ranging global consequences, an idea that a panel discussion hosted by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and TIME on Tuesday explored. The…

via Populism Has ‘The Upper Hand’: Panelists Discuss Global Transformation Under President Trump — TIME

These Economists Just Proved Why Donald Trump’s Wall Won’t Help U.S. Workers — Fortune

It looks like building the wall may not actually do much for American workers. A study published on Monday by the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests that any success the Trump administration has in reducing the U.S.’s undocumented Mexican labor force won’t actually lead to more jobs or higher wages for U.S. workers. At…

via These Economists Just Proved Why Donald Trump’s Wall Won’t Help U.S. Workers — Fortune