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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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Winning Politically

Opposing forces have multiplied.  Winning requires force multipliers.

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Winning Geopolitically

A flatter world requires wider vision, narrower focus, closer friends

Winning Thru Trade

Unleashing trade's power to ignite growth and reduce friction

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Kennedy’s 360° Insights

 Globally engaged business executive, Congressman, Professor

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 Kennedy is a thought leader on engaging to win, whether organizations engaging governments and societies globally, advocates seeking to achieve or avert action, or countries marshaling support for collective action.

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Kennedy speaks and leads executive education programs around the world on Business in a Political Age, politics, trade, and world affairs.

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Kennedy in the news.

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Obama Defers to Merkel on Ukraine Talks, Greek Economy

NewsMax Article

February 10, 2015

"This vital partnership between Germany and the U.S. has always relied on the U.S. president making the tough calls," Mark Kennedy, a former Republican U.S. representative from Minnesota and now director of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, told Newsmax. "The hesitancy by President Obama to make the difficult decisions has contributed to the deterioration of conditions within the Ukraine."

On this issue, some observers such as George Washington University's Kennedy were willing to cut Obama slack. As he told us, "It is appropriate for Obama to not seek to contradict Chancellor Merkel on Greece since only the Eurozone itself can make the tough calls for how to achieve fiscal harmony within their common currency."

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CChinese New Year

CCTV Interview

Washington, DC

February 12, 2015

It was wonderful to join the Embassy of China's celebration of the Chinese New Year.  Better understanding each other is a vital path to harmonious relations.

Obama's Authorization To Fail

DailyCaller Opinion Piece

February 11, 2015

"There are two ways to win a military battle: fast and slow. Winning fast depends on strength — it requires going in with all you've got to get the job done. Winning slow depends on sustaining or ignoring the public's patience – it requires the endurance to outlast the will of the enemy.

Authorizing a strategy to win fast (three year limit) without strength (a restriction on ground troops) is almost certain to be a path to failure. Congress should reject the authorization for force to address the threat of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) as proposed by President Barack Obama."

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PaulsonRisky Business - Responding to Climate Change

Sec. Hank Paulson at Economic Club

Minnesota Public Radio Broadcast

February 5, 2015

Minnesota Public Radio broadcast the Economic Club of Minnesota's event with Sec. Hank Paulson and Cargill Chairman Greg Page discussion the introduction on the Risky Business report of climate change in the Midwest. The event was moderated by Steve Sanger, Hon. Tim Penny and myself, as Chairman of the Economic Club.

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NAMState of Manufacturing Address - Trade Report

Hosting Jay Timmons at Economic Club

Minneapolis

February 4, 2015

It was an honor for the Economic Club of Minnesota that I chair to host the kickoff to the National Association of Manufacturers annual State of Manufacturing Report. The NAM President Jay Timmons emphasized the importance of passing trade legislation pending before Congress.

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