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Ervin Ackman is an international business and government advisor specializing in economic growth and competitive strategies. He and his wife Donna live in Austin, Texas. They have two adult children and two grand children also residing in Texas.
Ervin Ackman is author of a book about “President Reagan’s Program to Secure U.S. Leadership Indefinitely: Project Socrates.” He met Michael Sekora, the main character of the book, several years ago and developed a friendship around their common concern over the future of America. Michael Sekora introduced Mr. Ackman to Project Socrates, which Sekora had created and directed under President Reagan. This book, about Sekora and Project Socrates, is his first but he is already planning the next. In the next book a new group of leaders naturally emerge to guide the world through the transformation to the “automated innovation age.” He refers to this new leadership group as the “second founders” to guide us through our country’s inevitable transformation for survival. Both books are non-fiction.
Throughout his career he has brought innovation to organizations stuck in conventional routines that only maintain status quo in a world where constant advancement is essential for survival. His work has touched everything from sales organization structure, to HR talent acquisition and development, large system integration, fundamentals of successful teams, organization restructuring and organization change management. He admits that in every case, traditionalists have been a challenge through their resistance, at any cost, to letting go of elaborate and complicated but obsolete systems.
But it was not until he met Michael Sekora several years ago that he was able to consolidate and apply his work around what he refers to as, the fundamental foundation for all we do – the ability to systematically acquire and utilize technology. The timing was perfect to address the now rapidly developing crisis, which his gut had been signaling for a long time. The downward spiral of the US had to be reversed and Sekora had the only viable solution. The great country we have been blessed with has been literally operating on borrowed time and fundamental change was about to happen – ready or not. The only question was, would we manage the transformation to our benefit or would we allow it to evolve at the mercy of painful natural processes?
He never intended to write a book about it, but as his friendship with Sekora developed his recordings of the history and background of President Reagan’s Project Socrates and its creator, Michael Sekora, began to take shape in the form of a book. The book is a message that must be heard and acted upon if the US is to survive. If writing a book will help, he believes it is the least he can do but plans to do much more.