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The positive market response to Apple's new Silicon computers highlights the power of parallel processing. Apple achieved this with a reduced instruction set computer (RISC) design. RISC microprocessors are not new. In the late 1980s, as a Systems Engineer at Hewlett Packard, I compiled and executed code on a quarter-of-a-million-dollar Unix workstation that housed the world's first and fastest parallel reduced instruction set microprocessor (PRISM). Apple's M1 microprocessor is 10,000x faster than the first PRISM microprocessor and sells for just eight hundred dollars!
RISC computing breaks down complex software instructions into smaller parts that run in parallel on microprocessor arrays so that software programs compile and execute much faster. While computers can handle multiple tasks simultaneously, by comparison, humans are poor at multitasking.
The pandemic highlighted human multitasking limitations to me. Once CEOs became distracted with managing the moment-to-moment issues...
Once upon a time, there was an old King who was a widower. His Queen had left him with three children: two sons and a daughter.
The elder son, Boris, was a fearful, outspoken, yet happy sort of a chap.
The younger son, Donald, despite his fancy appearance, was a loud, angry and unhappy dude.
The youngest, Jacinta, was a quiet, melancholic and thoughtful girl.
One day, the King devised a test for his children. He summoned Boris, Donald and Jacinta to the Royal Chambers and said, “I will be going on a long journey for many years. When I return home, I will name one of you to be my successor.”
The children solemnly acknowledged what the King had said.
The King continued, “I will leave each of you with a bag of seeds to take care of in my absence.”
The next morning the King called for his horses and said farewell. In parting, he handed Boris, Donald and Jacinta each a bag filled with seeds.
Boris took his bag of seeds to the Palace Treasury and locked them...
Global leadership is in crisis.
It is difficult to find examples of good strategic leadership anywhere.
From a laundry list including Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu, Vladimir Putin, and Xi Jinping, one might mistake incompetence, bribery, corruption, embezzlement, ethnic cleansing and genocide as valid strategies for top leaders.
Oligarchic business leaders like Amazon's Bezos and Facebook's Zuckerberg, simply offer unpalatable examples. Despite his immense wealth, Bezos lacks the philanthropic generosity shared by many who give generously despite having very little. Zuckerberg has us addicted to two and a half hours of social media per day and repeatedly violates our trust and privacy in his pursuit of profit.
Young Swedish environmental activist, Greta Thunberg's 2019 address to the United Nations could well have been addressed to business leaders:
"You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I'm one of the lucky ones. People are...