Setting an example


There is so much news about the presidential candidates as we move to the finish line on November. Much of what we read is a rehash of what was said that day on the campaign trail or some pundits interpretation of whose ahead or behind in the polls.

On Thursday I was reading my daily dose of political Blogs, when I read the candidates schedule for the upcoming day. Something on Barack Obama’s schedule jumped out at me. He was scheduled to stop in Chicago on Friday evening to spend time with his daughters for Halloween.

This seemed truly extraordinary. At one time in my life, I was a very busy person. Flying here and there around the world. I had important meetings and important phone calls. When these important events happened, I would often cancel or rearrange some plans I had with my family.

Now I know that I was far less busy that Barack Obama and the things I was doing were far less intense than the final few days of a presidential campaign. The fact that Senator Obama continues to bring balance to his life and doesn’t forget to include his children in his list of important priorities not only impresses me, it gives me hope.

I have a growing concern that at the root of many of the challenges we face is our loss of connection with our humanity. As we become busier and filled with more information, I have noticed that we relate less with the true nature of each other. In corporations I have found that the leaders who are not in touch with the workforce or their customers have very little feeling about layoffs or not meeting customer’s expectations. Call a “customer service” operation at most companies and you will first encounter a maze of technology and if you are lucky a “real person” will talk to you if needed. This “real person” is more often than not guided in their conversation with you by a script they follow that is displayed on their computer screen.

This dehumanization shows up in many others ways. Yet the problems we face are very human. Our housing is in jeopardy We don’t have enough food. We are fearful because of the violence in our town. Our climate is growing more toxic. Our jobs are lost. These and other issues require us to come together as human communities focused on supporting each other.

I am hopeful that Barack Obama brings an example of remembering our humanity that can inspire us all.

Until later,


Author: Thomas White

Over the past thirty-five years, Thomas White has created and led private and public organizations that initiated breakthroughs in areas as diverse as computer software, publishing, printing, market research, leadership development and organizational change. The common ingredients in his success are simple. He looked beyond the limitations that others believed and found real solutions to needs that business leaders have. He attracted the best talent to translate these innovative solutions into practical products and services that were of high value to customers. He created cultures where people love what they do, work at their best and produce extraordinary results. In addition to his role as a business leader, Thomas has been a pioneer and inventor of technologies in the computer-networking field. He is a patent holder for innovations in business process and workflow technology. As part of his passion for educating others about the interface of human and computer systems, he was the co-author of “New Tools for New Times, The Workflow Paradigm”. He has also written articles for numerous publications. In 2001, he turned his attention from leading companies to supporting leadership teams in creating organizations of excellence. After many years of being a part of the machine of change, Thomas recognized that business is the most powerful force in the world. It has a major impact on public policy and governments everywhere. It is a key influence on how we use our resources and sets an example of the values that shape communities from local to global. He formed the consulting firm of Profoundly Simple to be a guide for exemplary leaders - leaders who wisely uses the power they are entrusted with to serve their constituencies first and themselves second; leaders who know that it is good business to treat people with respect, honor the environment and act with impeccable integrity – leaders who inspire greatness in those around them and by doing so create great organizations that are notable examples of success. Feeling the itch to get back into the game again, Thomas joined with two long time friends, to start the C-Suite Network. This network of business leaders offers an online network, events, services, and insights to its 500,000 member community. In addition, the C-Suite Network produces and distributes television and radio content to an audience of over 5M per month

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