A fascinating read providing some insight into causes, or possible effects, of division in the United States. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204301404577170733817181646.html?mod=WSJ_WSJ_US_News_10_1
I’m not sure whether this article identifies causes or effects, but it seems clear that people who profess a religion, delay children until after marriage, stay married, and finish high school, if not college fare better economically than people who profess no faith or religion, have children outside of marriage, get divorced, and do not, at least, finish high school. The article does not examine whether the more “traditional” lifestyle leads to more economic success or whether people who are more economically successful gravitate toward a more “traditional” lifestyle. The presented facts are food for thought.
The demographic differences seem to suggest that, as the middle class experienced division since 1960, during a time of broad cultural change in the United States and elsewhere, two seemingly distinct cultures emerged. These distinctions may help account for the increasing sense of division in U.S. society and among our elected officials, along with the increasing sense of polarization in general. Whether these are causes or effects, what is the vision of leaders for addressing the causes and the effects?
Two links, parts 1 and 2 of a lecture I gave to the University of Phoenix Leadership Colloquium. 500 doctoral learners and faculty from Phoenix’s School of Advanced Studies registered. I have another 10-20 minutes of responses to questions posed during the lecture and am constructing a document drawn from online discussions during the week before and the week after the lecture.
This Industry Week article provides examples of some of the innovations I had in mind when I speak on innovation and leadership as engines of economic recovery. http://www.industryweek.com/PrintArticle.aspx?ArticleID=26015&cid=NLIWIT