THE WEEK’S ITEM OF INTEREST FORD, APPLE, CHINA, CARNIVAL CRUISES

CARNIVAL CRUISES

THE WEEK’S ITEM OF INTEREST FORD, APPLE, CHINA, CARNIVAL CRUISES

These items caught my attention this week:

1 – Apple is planning to release an app called “Screen Time” in September to guide users in tracking their online use by providing weekly reports on the apps they use and enable the user to set time limits for various apps.

2 – China will roll out a system on July 1st to track cars nationwide.  The system relies on a radio-frequency identification chip installed on cars when they are registered.  Authorities have described the system as an attempt to improve public security and assist in easing traffic congestion.  So, will that mean that if someone is driving too slowly, they’ll be flagged?!

3 – Ford Motor Company spent $1 billion last year on funding a Pittsburgh start-up company that housed a dozen employees and were charged with the mission of building expertise in automated driving.  The start-up offered new employees a lucrative perk that the car maker couldn’t otherwise provide: an equity stake in the fast-moving start-up.  Something that Silicon Valley companies have done with a fair amount of frequency, but new in the realm of auto making.  The company is Argo AI and its Chief Executive reports that “Every employee is an owner; they’re able to benefit from the upside in a direct way.”  Ford plans to start selling a fully autonomous car for commercial use in 2021.  Argo employees are also working on an autonomous driving system that they can sell to other companies.

4 – Carnival Cruses is aiming for a turnaround – Arnold Donald was tapped in 2013 to take the helm, just after Carnival’s Costa Concordia capsized off the Italian cows, killing 32 people; followed shortly by toilets overflowing and no air conditioning on Carnival Triumph, forcing 3,000 passengers to endure for days in the Gulf of Mexico.  Sounds like just the thing for a fellow with a knack for black jack in younger days to take on!  Donald’s belief is that “If you listen to your employees that do all the work, they’ll tell you how to execute.”  Yes, indeed – ALL THE MOVING PARTS,  and the employee portion of the process described in detail in VALUE PLUS: EMPLOYEES AS VALUERS.

THE WEEK’S ITEM OF INTEREST FORD, APPLE, CHINA, CARNIVAL CRUISES

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