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  • The Week: What I Think I Think

    And while we genuflect and excoriate – accuse and get accused: we get tired and nothing gets done.

    Every Sunday, I will try to look a back on the week’s events in a new series, “What I Think I Think.” These will not be full opinion pieces, but

    Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals

    commentary on the week’s events and how they might affect Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals members.

    I start this commentary by focusing on current American business and political leadership. The country might be at a generous moment that it hasn’t earned, but could definitely benefit from: a moment that we might not be able to see or really appreciate – a moment declared by ineptitude and indifference – by malfeasance and neglect. A moment that will force us to reinvent ourselves: to reimagine ourselves as a twenty-second century machine. A moment that will be painful, and only have convenience in the evidence of solution.

    But with this gift comes the relentlessness of the truth: hard truths. One of the major obstacles Americans face, is the lack of wise, amazing and sacrificial leadership. I say this, because the business and political class, has been lacking in clarity and execution – they’ve been lacking in having a plan that addresses the needs of all Americans, as opposed to their own special interests – lacking in performance and value of any kind: and for the first time, maybe in its history – the United States is cratering internally, because of its absent leadership and non-performance performance culture.

    I think too many business and political leaders are not only disconnected from the realities of ordinary American citizens, but they are disconnected from the adverse impact their ephemeral and partisan decisions have on those same ordinary Americans, which creates a dichotomy between American people, who are asking for help – and the leadership, who thinks they are already giving too much help. And while we genuflect and excoriate – accuse and get accused: we get tired and nothing gets done. America has been operating on the “nothing gets done” model for an extended period, and now the consequences are breathing down our necks.

    Hopefully, the Standard & Poor’s downgrade, which I think was erroneous and a shocking self-promotion, will make both the leadership and American citizen’s pause, where we finally understand the severity and urgency of our predicament. We’ve used the term crisis to the point, where we’ve become numb to it – it might take something more personal, which affects us or people we know, or our own jobs: to finally create a comprehensive plan to reset our country.

    There is strong indication that we are being forced into a crossroads moment: I hope so and I pray we pick the right road — there is almost no room for error.

    Good Luck.

    Calvin Wilson
    Founder and CEO
    Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals

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    1. Cheryl says:

      Standard & Poor’s is right to question governance–Washington was in political gridlock, with no sign of coming up with a workable solution–but the downgrading was neither necessary nor credible and could do more harm than good.

      This lower rating does look like self-promotion, coming from an entity that participated in misleading investors and the public about collateralized debt obligations. S & P ratings encouraged investors to purchase the junk that has caused financial devastation for communities and individuals all across the world.

      There isn’t any easy way out of this political nightmare. It’s a real struggle just to elect the right people to Congress.

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