Speaking on social and ethical issues that aren’t core to their business is typically thought a risky move for a CEO. Some think they should stick to what they know best, namely business. Others worry that taking sides on issues means risking losing customers. Others might argue that with great power comes great responsibility, including perhaps the responsibility to try to make the world a better place (and perhaps not just by creating great products and jobs). Randall Stephenson, the CEO of AT&T, clearly thinks they do. >>>
LINK: Does It Matter When A White CEO Says ‘Black Lives Matter’? (by Leah Donnella, for NPR)
… “Our communities are being destroyed by racial tension, and we’re too polite to talk about it,” he said. “I’m not asking you to be tolerant of each other. Tolerance is for cowards. Being tolerant requires nothing from you but to be quiet and to not make waves, holding tightly to your views and judgments, without being challenged. Do not tolerate each other. Work hard, move into uncomfortable territory, and understand each other….”
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