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Pitchforks Into Profits

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 Seven Steps for Shapeholder Success.

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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 businesses engaging society, officials seeking to govern, advocates pressing to achieve or avert action, or countries marshaling support for global action.

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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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Will Ash Carter's Confirmation Hearing Reveal Obama's Syria Strategy?

Foreign Policy Opinion Piece

February 3, 2015

"In his State of the Union address last month President Barack Obama called on Congress "to show the world that we are united in this mission by passing a resolution to authorize the use of force against ISIL," using another name for the so-called Islamic State. Now he is asking the Senate to ratify his appointment of Ash Carter to be the next Secretary of Defense.

Before members of Congress affirm that they are "united in this mission" in the manner in which President Obama is directing it, they need to better understand his strategy in the region. Carter's confirmation hearing is a perfect venue to seek clarification."

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