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The Future Of Leadership: Humanity As Stakeholders

Ryan Lenett

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Leadership is a big topic and buzzword these days. What defines great leadership?

There are thousands of materials and books on the subject, yet the world is still ridden with the same problems.

The disparity amongst humans, corruption, environmental destruction, and countries at war are nowhere closer to being resolved. 

(One problem appears to be that leadership is hierarchical and separates the decision-making powers between regular people, and the few at the top. This discourages people from taking responsibility and making impactful choices because they feel stifled from the decision-making system).

To combat this, the focus must be pivoted towards seeing how we can improve access to the economy, and accelerate cultural impact as a collective. This may be our only sustainable solution of giving hope to the future of leadership.

Leadership is a journey. One where you must lead yourself before you lead others. To Kiri-Maree Moore, Founder of The ONE Percent Movement and Decision Velocity Global known as a Global Advisor, Strategist & Investor – International Speaker,  “becoming obsessed with patterns” was her way of connecting awareness in leadership culture and helping leaders across the globe take ownership of their decisions.

An old approach to leadership was to emphasize having one person at the top. The new approach is where humanity recognizes “if every one of us does their one percent, then together we can shift the dial forward from problem to solution, ” Kiri-Maree states. The kind of cultural impact where we add value, not take away

This article discusses how when we disrupt old patterns, take a new approach, and view leadership through a “humanity as stakeholders” lens, it can create space to serve a new generation of global leaders.

Humanity as Stakeholders


Humanity means you and I, where the stakeholder is a measure of value. Looking at leadership using “ humanity as stakeholders” as a lens means when you make a decision, you either add value to the human race or subtract from it. Kiri-Maree believes if we were all to do this then it would help to shift the dial in the right direction.

Things like conditioning, restrictive social norms, and distrust through biases must be eliminated. Permission at the table needs to become a non-negotiable where every human has a seat. All distinctions are welcome where you add value and are able to give voice to the change needed across the global leadership landscape.

This is exactly what Kiri-Maree means when she holds a vision of hope for the future of leadership. “The old approach has got us this far but the new approach will narrow the gap between where we are and where we need to be,” Kiri-Maree affirms.

Humans need to be proactive about rewiring old patterns in their brains, to make better decisions and to form effective behaviors that help shift humanity forward. This needs to begin in a leadership culture where leaders know the power of a leader who evolves.

Instead of defaulting back to the old approach based on the archaic principles of leadership, where leaders are stuck in a hierarchy, we use the new approach which creates space for new conversations, different questions, and where we learn to be comfortable with the uncomfortable.  “Patterns help us be more effective, to disrupt old systems and processes that are not working anymore”, Kiri-Maree says.

It’s a science and an art to rewire our brains. To achieve effective and sustainable solutions, we have to master the muscle of Human Intelligence (HI)and disrupt the patterns that are no longer serving us.

Exercising the Muscle of Human Intelligence (HI)

Technology continues to advance and time is moving at a fast pace. Leaders need more than ever to know how to make the right decisions, fast. Learning the secret advantage of exercising the muscle of HI is no longer just an option, but is essential for any leader.  Human Intelligence is as simple as the data you gather from the environment and what you choose to do with the data.  

Like any muscle, when the brain is underutilized— it atrophies, becoming less effective over time. Unfortunately, if leadership continues down the same pathway, it prevents from building a culture where it is encouraged to think for yourself, do things differently, and lead. It all begins with awareness, recognizing patterns, understanding the opportunities, and the willingness to make shifts to adopt better solutions. 

Away with the Old Approach, onto the New Approach

Instead of shielding everyday people from making what has been known as top-level, executive decisions—why constrain these abilities to a few around the table. Rather, a new approach gives the opportunity for different leaders to come to the table, navigate decisions through a different lens and add their value to help give impact to the final decision. If we stick to having the same people around the table with the same patterns of thinking, we will always end up with the same outcome. This shift is crucial for evolution.

Moving away from a competitive, zero-sum mindset requires us as individuals to see the problem beyond our own limiting lens. Learning from others, either within our own industry or outside of it, gives us the perspective and skills needed to make better decisions and take action to move humanity forward in a better direction.

Kiri-Maree has always done everything with her vision in mind. Her vision involves helping people across the globe to know there is always a solution to any problem if you are willing to find it. To her, to equip people with access to resources and strategies allows every human the opportunity to have a voice at the table. 

Conclusion 

All in all, leadership that shifts humanity in a forward movement requires the need for a new approach. Assessing our decisions through the lens of humanity as stakeholders creates the space for a new culture of innovation, where leadership can pioneer a new pathway to bring sustainable solutions.

This environment should empower leaders being able to make smart decisions, be able to exercise the muscle of HI, and to add value to humanity going forward.

Find what requires us to build out an ecosystem that offers value on a universal scale. The more value we can add to humanity, and others; the closer we will become to narrowing the gap between problems and solutions as a society.

Ryan is a car enthusiast and an accomplished team builder passionate about crafting captivating narratives. Known for his ability to transport readers to other worlds, his writing has garnered attention and a dedicated following. With a keen eye for detail and a gift for storytelling, Ryan continues to weave literary magic in every word he writes.

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Tesla’s Stock Tumbles After Q4 Earnings Miss and Production Growth Warning

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Tesla, led by CEO Elon Musk, revealed its fourth-quarter earnings, which fell below the predictions of analysts. Consequently, Tesla’s shares dropped in value. In Q4, Tesla reported revenues of $25.17 billion, missing the anticipated $25.87 billion and marking merely a 3% increase from the prior year. Their adjusted earnings per share (EPS) came in at $0.71, shy of the expected $0.73, and their adjusted net income of $2.486 billion was under the projected $2.61 billion.

Downward Pressure on Profit Margins

The company’s drop in profits can in part be traced back to lower margins due to price cuts that started in late 2022. Q4’s gross margin was 17.6%, which is down from last year and slightly less than the 17.9% seen.

Lowered Production Growth Expectations

Tesla also hinted that its vehicle growth rate in 2024 might be “noticeably lower” than this year’s rate. It suggests that hitting analyst’s predictions of 2.19 million vehicles for 2024, up 21% from 2023, might not happen. The slower growth rate is partly because they’re starting a next-gen vehicle at their Texas Gigafactory.

Next-Generation Vehicle Launch

  • Anticipated Release: Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla’s next-gen vehicle is expected to enter production in the second half of 2025.
  • Innovative Manufacturing: Tesla aims to revolutionize vehicle manufacturing with its new platform, focusing on efficient production at Gigafactory Texas.

Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

Looking ahead, Tesla faces hurdles like slower growth and more competition; however, it’s also seeing new possibilities. They’re launching the Cybertruck and working on an Optimus humanoid robot, showing Tesla’s eagerness to mix up its offerings and break into fresh market areas.

Elon Musk’s Ambitions and Leadership

As for Elon Musk, he stays firm at Tesla’s helm, ready to push the company even further. Even though some are questioning his intention to own a quarter of Tesla, Musk is all in to steer the brand towards bright prospects in AI and robotics. His plan covers more than just making electric cars – he’s looking at reshaping Tesla into an AI and robotics powerhouse.

Conclusion: Navigating a Transition Phase

Wrapping things up, Tesla’s newest financial results, followed by a dip in their stock price, show a biz that’s changing pace. Even though Tesla’s always moving forward and coming up with fresh ideas, it’s starting to deal with a market that’s not so new anymore. Plus, they’ve got to figure out how to make more of their latest goods without messing up. The next twelve months are super important for Tesla. They’ve got to get through these tough spots but still stay at the top of the game when it comes to electric cars.

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Amazon Prime Video to Incorporate Ads Starting January 29th

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Beginning on January 29th, folks with Amazon Prime Video will see a big switch: TV shows and movies will start to include ads. Amazon is shaking things up by rolling out these ads across big markets such as the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Canada to start with. Later down the road, places like France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Australia will have them too.

Subscription Changes and Costs

To avoid ads, users have the option to pay an additional $2.99 per month. This means the current $14.99 per month Prime subscription would increase to $17.98 per month, and the standalone Prime Video subscription would jump from $8.99 to $11.98 per month. Amazon has assured that their ad-supported tier will have “meaningfully fewer ads than linear TV and other streaming TV providers.”

Financial Implications and Market Analysis

  • Revenue Projections: Morgan Stanley predicts that Prime Video ads might rake in an impressive $3.3 billion in 2024 and could climb to $7.1 billion by 2026. Moffett Nathanson, a different analyst group, gives a lower forecast yet expects big gains too.
  • Market Impact: Analysts from MoffettNathanson predict Amazon’s move will disrupt the market, potentially stealing share from cable networks and ad-supported VOD players. They expect this change to be a “disruptive force” in the advertising and streaming landscape.
  • Prime Video’s Viewer Reach: Alexys Coronel, head of U.S. entertainment and telecommunications for Amazon Ads, highlighted Prime Video’s potential to reach 115 million unique viewers in the U.S. alone.
  • Amazon’s Expanding Digital Ad Market: Amazon reported an ad revenue of $12.06 billion in the third quarter of 2023, a 26% increase year-over-year, underlining its growing dominance in the digital advertising space.

User Response and Projections

Despite the introduction of ads, most Prime Video users are expected to continue with the ad-supported version. MoffettNathanson’s projections assume about 15% of Prime Video users will opt for the ad-free subscription. The firm’s models also predict an incremental revenue of $500 million per year from Prime members who choose to avoid ads.

Comparison with Competitors and Future Trends

Amazon is not alone in this shift toward ad-supported streaming. Competitors like Netflix, Disney Plus, Max, Paramount Plus, Hulu, and Peacock have already implemented similar strategies. However, Amazon’s move into advertising is significant due to its massive market share and extensive viewer reach. By 2025, the U.S. connected TV and ad-supported VOD market is estimated to be around $16 billion, with Amazon and Disney expected to lead the segment.

Amazon’s Long-term Content Investment Strategy

Amazon points out that it needs to keep pouring money into great shows and movies and plans to do so for a long time. This is part of a bigger trend in the streaming world, where services are leaning on ad money to grow their list of offerings. 

Implications for Amazon Prime Members

Choice for Consumers

Amazon’s new ad strategy gives Prime members a choice: stick with the version that has ads and not pay more or cough up extra cash to watch without any interruptions. Consumers will have to decide if they’re okay with ads or if they’d rather spend more each month. 

Impact on Viewing Habits

Putting ads into the mix might change how some Prime members watch stuff. Amazon plans to have shorter ads than you’d find on regular TV to make things less annoying. But whether this will keep viewers happy and engaged is still up in the air.

Conclusion

Ads are now on Amazon Prime Video, and it’s a big deal. It’s going to change the way we watch stuff and how businesses make money from their services. Amazon has tons of users and a lot of money, so they’re likely to become a really important part of the world where streaming services are free but show ads. This is a fresh start for Prime Video. They’re trying to make sure viewers still have a good time while they also make more cash in this fast-changing area of digital fun. For the nitty-gritty on Amazon Prime Video’s shiny new way that includes ads, click here.

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The Impact of the Blocked JetBlue-Spirit Merger on the Airline Industry and Communities

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This week marked a significant turning point in the U.S. airline industry as a federal judge blocked the $3.8 billion deal between the sixth-largest and seventh-largest U.S. airlines, JetBlue and Spirit. This decision by Judge William Young not only impacts these two airlines but also signals an end to four decades of consistent airline consolidation that has affected passengers, workers, smaller communities, and commerce. The ruling is seen as a triumph for the Biden Justice Department’s aggressive antitrust enforcement and sets a new precedent in the regulation of airline mergers.

The Local Impact: Arnold Palmer Regional Airport

The ruling leaves Spirit Airlines with an uncertain future, a situation that could profoundly impact the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport (LBE) in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The airport, serving areas east of Pittsburgh, is heavily reliant on Spirit Airlines, which is its only commercial carrier. This dependency highlights the broader implications of the merger’s failure on smaller communities and regional economies.

  • Economic Contribution: A 2022 study by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation estimated the economic impact of arriving and departing passengers from LBE at $213.9 million, with $100 million attributed to Spirit Airlines travelers.
  • Reduced Service: Currently, Spirit has scaled down its services at LBE to a single direct flight to Orlando, though hopes remain for the resumption of service to Myrtle Beach in the spring.

The Unique Role of Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines has made a name for itself by focusing on vacation-goers, university students, missionaries, and anyone else on the lookout for cheap flights without fancy extras. This approach turned the airline into a key lifeline, especially in places like South Florida. Here, it battles competitors with low prices, providing budget-friendly holiday choices and playing a significant role in the tourism industry.

  • Impact on Consumers: The absence of Spirit from the market could lead to increased prices for tourists and limit vacation options for families in South Florida.
  • Service to Offbeat Destinations: Spirit’s focus on destinations like Port-au-Prince during times of unrest has been invaluable for certain communities. However, its approach to baggage and low-cost tickets has drawn mixed reactions from consumers in these regions.

JetBlue and Spirit’s Struggle in a Constrained Industry

The halted merger highlights bigger problems in the airline business. This industry is an oligopoly with just a handful of big companies in charge, which makes it tough for smaller ones, such as JetBlue and Spirit, to expand on their own. Also, there are issues with making enough planes: Airlines can’t get new planes as fast as they’d like. Supply chain troubles play a role here, and so does Airbus’s stronghold on plane making, which limits its growth. Boeing’s recent quality control challenges further exacerbate this problem.

  • Engine Issues and Airline Growth Constraints: Spirit’s exclusive use of Pratt & Whitney engines, which have had reliability issues, highlights the technical and operational hurdles facing airlines.

Implications of the Ruling

The ruling against the merger is seen as a necessary step to prevent further consolidation and maintain competition in the airline industry. However, it also emphasizes the need to address the larger issues of oligopolistic control and manufacturing constraints.

  • Future of Air Travel: The blockage of the merger could prompt a reevaluation of strategies within the industry, focusing on fair pricing and expanding manufacturing capacities.
  • Potential Appeal and Industry Response: The airlines have formally appealed the decision, citing the potential benefits of a larger JetBlue in fostering competitive pricing and service innovation.

Conclusion

The outcome of the JetBlue-Spirit merger blockage extends beyond the airlines themselves, affecting regional economies, consumer choices, and the broader airline industry. While the decision has been hailed for preventing further consolidation, it also highlights critical challenges that the industry must address to ensure sustainable growth and competition. The situation underscores the delicate balance between maintaining competitive markets and supporting the growth and development of the airline sector. For more in-depth analysis, you can read a related article here.

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