Thanks for sharing David. Onwards! dh
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One of the great things about our country is that every person has the ability to make personal choices that affect how they wants to live. Yes, there our norms enforced by the rule of law, but outside of those we get to determine what is best for ourselves. We should never abdicate or allow our rights to be subjugated.
However, increasingly and alarmingly, there seems to be a growing number of companies that are forcing their leadership beliefs on their workforce.
For example, we have many tech companies who have actually allowed co workers whose political opinions differ from theirs to be vilified, to demand apologizes, censorship or worse. The thought being how dare they have an opposing perspective? Why would we allow any company to mandate one of our principle rights; our right to vote?
Recently, an electronic payment system company also refused to serve groups that their leadership did not support or held opposing beliefs. Could you imagine a traditional bank taking this stance?
Just this week, a large workspace company mandated that meat is off the corporate menu. When did meat become the enemy? Is this really the most important element to encourage? Many would think not.
While many of the examples of corporate influence may have our personal support why do we believe that it is a good thing to have our choices mandated, outside the rule of law, by anyone other than ourselves? I believe that we all have a responsibility to be a force for good but it does not mean that we should be forced to conform to others beliefs.
If a company executive or anyone else for that matter, wants to support a certain political party, not subscribe to a publication that they feel is against their values or ban a food source from their personal menu they should absolutely be free to do just that. It is their personal right.
My thought of the week is that company leaders do not have the right to infringe on anyone else’s personal rights. This is a very slippery slope. Once started where does it end? You may even agree with some of the decisions, but what happens when they mandate things that you vehemently oppose?
As leaders we need to be very careful that we do not unleash the next wave of policing the rights of others. What happened to empowerment? Personal choice should never be mandated or hijacked by any company. Don’t allow others to intimidate, manipulate or tell you how to think.
As leaders, among our many responsibilities, we have is to face down challenges. Then muster the backbone to the carry out the necessary actions that oftentimes are not easy. At the same time we must temper our toughness with kindness. A leader must be multi dimensional and never one sided. To paraphrase Darwin it is not the strongest but the ones who can adapt that survive.
It is important that has we adapt we are fearless has we pioneer new channels, markets and opportunities. However, that does not mean we are ever reckless. Developing a strategy and moving in to unknown territory is not the same has simply charging headlong with no plan or contingency. Bravery with no brains is not desired either.
Therefore, the thought of this week is to make sure that being fearless and being reckless is recognized as more than a mere distinction. Make sure you are fearless but never at the reckless cost of your colleagues or company. Take measures to balance your courage with great caution and patience for gathering intelligence and listening to others. Be firm in your convictions but not blind to possibility of compromise. Read the last paragraph again and measure your own performance? Challenge yourself to become better and be viewed as fearless but never reckless. Think how you can develop those in your team to become fearless and well rounded leaders. The payoff will be huge.
When I look back of my career I thank the many friends who encouraged, pushed and coached me. A little tongue in cheek I thank the not so friendly who tried to derail me, isolate me or offended me. For different reasons all parties have helped me.
However the thought of the week is nothing is given, it is earned. That while others have helped me along my path I myself had to put the hard work in, dedicate endless hours, studied extensively, learned from my mistakes, adapted and had the courage to face my own fears in times of adversity.
A future leaders mindset is that nothing is given it is earned. Go get it.
*Original posting on LinkedIn
There has be a lot of print, media and discussion, way beyond the point of ad nauseum, dedicated to this recent phenomenon; triggering. It is the rage in academia and education in general and from my perspective doing real damage with micro aggression identification becoming a sport and not the fun kind. It appears that we are not preparing our youth for success in the world nor are we helping society in general. We can and should disagree without a triggering episode. Holding differing thoughts should be encouraged and in fact celebrated. It is time that we took back the narrative and outline what triggering really looks like in the real business world. Below are the Top 10 THINGS that SHOULD TRIGGER
10- You’re are late for an appointment or meeting
9- You not do the work
8- You do not care enough about your career or company
7- You blame others for your lack of performance
6- you approach each day has a slack day
5- You ridicule others that want to advance
4- You think others should pander to you
3- if you think that a different point of view is not normal and causes distress
2- if you believe everyone should get a medal or award merely for participation
1- you do not respect yourself or others.
Right now in life and business we are all tragically one slip away from our total destruction.
One misplaced word or action and you can find yourself electronically decapitated, your life in ruins and your career in tatters. An apology is seemingly unacceptable and always ridiculed. It does not matter how sincere the apology or how minor the offense. A full blown attack is the only sanctioned action. We are living in a zero tolerant age where it seems everyone wants to play judge and jury. I hope this terrifies you as much as it does me.
My thought of the week is that the best way to pull back from the one slip away world is for everyone to practice self reflection. To first change ourselves and judge ourselves as harshly as we seek to judge others. Self examination is the only practice that could possibly save us from continuing on this destructive path. If we have to first walk the talk then maybe we would live in a more tolerant, forgiving and welcoming world where we do not live one step away from destruction. Let’s demand this the next time an offender is targeted.
Freedom of thought is more at risk than ever before. Everywhere we turn we are being bombarded with special interest concerns that oftentimes morph out of control. The fact is if you embrace an ideology there is no room for nuance or disagreement. Alarmingly the punishment is not only to be fired but to be actually physically attacked.
This week I was sickened to see a widower of a fallen NYPD officer who gave his life aiding others in the aftermath of the 9/11 attack being screamed at by an ugly mob in Portland. “I’m glad your husband was killed” and worse are not the words this woman should ever have heard screamed at her by an angry young man, a person who is actually enjoying the benefits of the sacrifice that so many have made.
As business leaders this is just one instance of how we need to set an example and bring an end to such vile behavior. We need to take a stand and simply state ENOUGH! . No one in our organizations should condone such behavior. We should no longer tolerate hatred to breed this way. After all, the vast majority of citizens are employed and therefore companies have the largest potential to shape a positive agenda. This is not an issue for the government to solve. We ourselves can solve this.
- Original posting on LinkedIn