Volume 16 Number 10 - October 2, 2018


These two men have become the subject of controversy for actions and behaviors that some people believe disqualify them for the kinds of jobs they've each previously performed well.

In Kavanaugh's case, it's now as much about his demeanor during the recent Judiciary hearing as it is about allegations against him. For Kapernick, it remains his decision to kneel before NFL games when he was playing in the league.

Your company has a much lower profile than the (non)employers of either of those men but has important decisions to make about who represents it. You don't have to worry about the front page, but the makeup of your leadership team matters.

Do you only hire people whose politics match yours? Does your leadership team only include those people who think about religion the same way you do?

There is a twitter movement to keep Ivy Leaguers out of the Supreme Court in the future. All current SCOTUS justices attended such universities. While current justices are more diverse in gender and race than past courts, their educational and work backgrounds are almost uniform.

Studies of public companies show that diverse leadership teams correlate with financial success. But what kinds of diversity matter to your success? How to you define success?

First, understand that there are qualified leaders representing the vast majority of populations. If your business associates are primarily of the same groups you are, it's more difficult to find those other candidates. But they exist and are not in hiding.

Do you want your leadership team to mirror your customer base? Your employee base? Your community? You? Others notice. At least make it a conscious decision.

It is your choice.

The Starting Pistol

Rob Siltanen:
"Here's to the crazy ones... Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."

The Tape

Rebecca Morgan:
"And I'm just crazy enough to help you do it!"

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