The authors then veer into a review of a book – The Critical Few: Energize Your Company’s Culture by Choosing What Really Matters, by Jon Katzenbach, Gretchen Anderson, and James Thomas – and its prescriptions. They sound sensible at first glance, especially about finding and working with ‘authentic informal leaders’. But the real takeaway is the obvious disconnect here between the leaders and everyone else.
And, just maybe, the change that must happen is the rejection of the implicit two-tier structure in business, with managers making all the big decisions and everyone els being told what to do.
One Arizonan, from the city of Chandler, became so fed up with the sight of Waymo‘s vans in his neighborhood that he stood on his lawn pointing a pistol at the human safety driver inside of one as it passed his home. He told police he wanted the person in the car to be afraid, presumably to send the message that self-driving cars aren’t welcome.
He’s one of dozens of citizens (on record) who’ve engaged in wildly dangerous acts provoked by, apparently, nothing more than the idea of a car driving itself.
The Arizona Republic’s
Ryan Randazzo writes
'People have thrown rocks at Waymos. The tire on one was slashed while it was stopped in traffic. The vehicles have been yelled at, chased and one Jeep was responsible for forcing the vans off roads six times.’
, earlier this year, that citizens in California were rising up against the machines. In two of six accidents involving self-driving vehicles, the DMV noted that people intentionally caused the collisions.
In both of those cases the drivers then exited their vehicles and screamed at the driverless cars in an apparent fit of rage. In one case a woman slapped the autonomous vehicle.
But, comparatively, California only dabbles in self-driving cars. In Arizona, residents in some cities have become alarmed at the number of autonomous vehicles they see on public roadways. In fairness, for many of these folks even a single robot-driven car is too many.
Why are people so angry at self-driving cars? After all, none of the reported incidents we’ve seen indicate the people attacking machines and harassing their human safety drivers are experiencing road rage. It doesn’t appear as though anyone got cut off by a robot, or got tailgated, or had one sitting at a green light in front of them.
It seems the existential threat that driverless cars represent is the sole catalyst for these outbursts.
I wonder if this is somehow related to all the trashing of electric scooters in the cities where they’ve been deployed? Are people simply opposed to new forms of transportation? Are they so tied to the established model that they feel they have to throw the scooters into creeks, slash Waymo’s tires, or threaten to shoot people involved with the companies involved?