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While ride-sharing through apps like Uber and Lyft proliferate, other types crowdsourcing are also gaining momentum. The company Roadie is “an on-the-way delivery service that connects people who have stuff to send with drivers already heading that way.” Platforms that facilitate drivers transporting people have evolved to include deliveries of goods, and the next evolution of these companies will include service offerings, such as helping people carry their items up stairs.
Our View: Asking the right questions is emerging as a necessary skill for top performing leaders. Great questions engage customers and employees, and they can help crowdsource solutions. If you could ask just one question of your organization to make it better, what would it be? Further Reading
The U.S. Department of Transportation formed a new council for emerging transportation technology with the hopes of helping hyperloop and self-driving car projects cut through red tape faster. Transportation officials in Missouri are working to expedite a hyperloop connecting Kansas City, Columbia, and St. Louis, while the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is performing a feasibility study for transporting people between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in under 30 minutes.
Our View: Inspiring disruption, innovation, and competition takes leadership that promotes founder and investor-friendly policies. Policies must accommodate for all types of entrepreneurial talent that occur in both startup and established organizational environments. Further Reading
Dr. Eric Topol, author of Deep Medicine, explores how artificial intelligence can counterintuitively make healthcare more human. AI could free up time for physicians to spend more time talking to their patients, detect certain diseases with more accuracy, alleviate anxiety and depression, and promote food as medicine to prevent illness. AI advancements come with privacy and data obstacles that are especially important in the medical arena. Dr. Topol suggests that U.S. policymakers should move in step with countries like Estonia, which allows its citizens full control of their personal, including medical, data.
Our View: It’s critical to shift the focus from the search for the optimal technology or artificial intelligence to instead, the pursuit of a valued culture and mindset that technology or AI enables. The lesson for leaders is that they need to be constantly building community and trust with their actions. Further Reading
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Founder of the Youth Strike for Climate movement Greta Thunberg has been nominated for the Nobel peace prize. The school strikes have received mixed support from politicians, but as tomorrow’s leaders, many children are taking a stand today to ensure their future. In 2014, the peace prize was awarded to 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt, “for the struggle … for the right of all children to education.”
Our View: Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, addressed Global Citizen Live in London and said, “You are never too young to lead, and we are never too old to learn.” Further Reading
Ben Silbermann, Pinterest’s CEO and original co-founder, plans to take the company public on the New York Stock Exchange. Though still unprofitable, Pinterest reportedly earned over $750 million in revenue last year and has more than 250 million monthly active users. Pinterest representatives explained in their S-1 filing that they see themselves as a search engine, search-based product advertising tool, and media competitor rather than predominately a social networking website directly competing with Facebook.
Our View: The skills required to effectively communicate an IPO are transferrable and apply to many types of corporate communication. In a public offering, a leader must ensure alignment with corporate positioning, understand the overall process and its specific communication rules, and practice key messaging across all stakeholder groups. Company leaders must always communicate strong business acumen in the areas of industry landscape, growth opportunities, and financial performance. Their communication style needs to be flexible and when necessary, include correcting misinformation in a timely manner. Further Reading