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Sometimes bad news seems to sneak up on you.
On December 7th, 1941, a day that has lived in infamy and one really bad recent movie, the Empire of Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. For regular folks, this seemed sudden, but Washington should have been better prepared.
Business - Kodak - Sneers - Competition - Fuji
In business, a giant like Kodak sneers at the competition (“Fuji? Snort!”), until one day bankruptcy comes to the Great Yellow Mother. The problem built up slowly, through years of “best practices” management, and then the end came: Pearl Harbor.
In politics, a party takes majority status for granted while the demographics of the state change and “suddenly” the party can no longer win an election: a Pearl Harbor vote.
Academia - Administrators - Program - Atrophy - Fall
In academia, administrators let a program atrophy, fall behind, and then suddenly it is gone: a Pearl Harbor day. Eventually, an entire college can enter the death spiral of program cuts and managed gradual decline until there is a tipping point.
Pearl Harbors are not sudden, though where and how the doom comes may be a surprise. The US government knew that the Japanese Empire did not first declare war and then strike. They had the lessons of the Russo-Japanese War, where the previous Roosevelt earned a Peace Prize, and the horrors of China.
Pearl - Harbors - Business - Politics - Academia
Pearl Harbors happen in business, politics, academia, and education when creativity fails. Warnings are ignored or brushed aside as “apocalyptic.” By the time it is December 7th, the surprise should have surprised nobody.
So when Pearl Harbor happens what to do?
Narrative - United - States - Empire - Homeland
First, change the narrative. The United States immediately struck at the Empire’s homeland with the Doolittle raid. This small strike did little militarily, but it changed the narrative from endless defeat and decline to victory. The United States did not face an invincible foe.
In the same way, small victories count more...
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