Executive Watch

Party Time

I am always careful to stay clear of politics as the Executive Watch is best when it is apolitical. However, this week I noticed a report that a Gallup poll found that 42% of Americans now identify as independents, up from 39% in 2016, with the balance of 29% identifying as Democrats and 27% as Republicans. Notwithstanding what side of the aisle you reside on, or if you are one of the centrists, few would disagree that our political system is increasingly polarized, and healthy negotiation by both parties with solutions in the center, just doesnít happen often, if at all. The statistics, and the frustration of most Americanís with the current state of affairs, leads one to speculate that a third party may ultimately emerge and I am not sure if that is a good or a bad thing. It is instructional to revisit George Washingtonís farewell address in 1776: ďDonít blow the taxpayersí cash on tanks, donít elect the same guy more than twice, and donít let the nationís politics devolve into partisan bickering.Ē Essentially, Washington was grabbing our fledgling nation by the lapels and screaming, ďDonít create a country that looks exactly like it will in 2018!Ē Time will tell and we can only hope some enlightened few get elected and steer the ship down the center.

By Anthony LoPinto | Executive Watch
Anthony LoPinto
Global Sector Head, Real Estate
Korn/Ferry International
Executive Bio

For more than a decade, Anthony LoPinto has been serving his clients with deep knowledge and perspective on talent needs and organizational challenges to public and private companies - knowledge gained from a 25-year career in real estate. Prior to his current position, he founded and served as chief executive officer of a boutique real estate executive search firm, where he oversaw offices in New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He has successfully led several high profile search engagements for chief executive officers, directors and a wide-range of executive level positions across all industries and sectors.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in European history from Loyola University in Chicago.

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