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Business in a Political Age

Political actors have a strategy for your business. Do you have one for them?

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Business success requires effectively engaging what Kennedy defined as shapeholders — the political, regulatory, media, and activist actors that shape a firm's opportunities and risks. See Mark's 7A Framework.

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Mark Kennedy’s 360° Insights

 Globally engaged business executive, Congressman, Professor

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 Kennedy is a global thought leader on how organizations engage governments and societies around the world, how partisans govern, and how countries engage in mutually beneficial commerce with each other.

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Risky Business - Economic Impact of Climate Change

Event with Secretary Hank Paulson

Minneapolis

January 23, 2015

The Economic Club of Minnesota of Minnesota (www.ecomn.org) that I founded and chair hosted former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and the Chairman of Cargill, Greg Page, to discuss the release of a new report on the economic impact of climate change in the Midwest  by the Risky Business initiative. The focus of the discussion, moderated by ECOM President and former CEO of General Mills Steve Sanger, focused not on controversial political disputes, but the practical responses demanded of businesses and local government officials to address the impact of climate changes.

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The Big Ask and a Hand Across the Aisle: How Obama's SOTU Speech Helped Bring The U.S. Closer to a Trade Deal Breakthrough

Foreign Policy Opinion Piece

January 23, 2015

"A central truth in trade legislation is that nothing happens without a strong push by the president. There are few more contentious issues you face as a member of Congress. I know, having been one of the deciding votes the last time Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), the so-called "Fast Track," passed both chambers.

The chances for TPA are still far from certain. Yet the prospects for completing major trade initiatives in both Asia and Europe that have vital geopolitical implications for America depends on its passage. Those chances were improved by President Obama's strong endorsement in the State of the Union."

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State of the Union Enhanced by Better Business-Government Relations

Huffington Blog Post

January 21, 2015

"In last night's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama was triumphant in taking credit for a growing economy, being "as free from the grip of foreign oil as we've been in almost 30 years," and noting that Russia's economy was "in tatters." What the President failed to acknowledge was that entrepreneurs largely drove these results.

Political, regulatory, media, and activist actors, what I call shapeholders, at times encouraged and at other times discouraged the risk taking that generated these public goods. Better relations between business and shapeholders offers great potential to improve the state of the union."

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SState of the Union Address

Article - U.S. News & World Report

TV - Washington DC's News Channel 8

Photo (© Kennedy) - listening to SOTU in U.S. House of Representatives Chamber

January 20, 2015

Given the President's approach to focus more on championing a progressive agenda than reach accommodation with Congress, regrettably "Whatever he says is less likely to be a reality, therefore [viewers] don't need to listen." That said, there is still hope for collaborative action hopefully on trade, tax reform and infrastructure investment. 

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Congressional Republicans Have The Power, Now They Have To Wield It

Daily Caller Opinion Piece

January 16, 2015

"In the final quarter of President Obama's tenure, Republicans' control of both chambers of Congress will finally put them in a position to detail a vivid contrast between the two political parties. Whether the GOP can successfully navigate a difficult Senate electoral landscape in 2016 or provide wind in the sails of their presidential candidate depends on their effectiveness at governing in the months ahead.

Avoiding several key missteps will help the Republicans achieve Winston Churchill's famous exhortation to "deserve victory" in the upcoming election cycle."

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