Do the right thing

make your choice

Sunday was a great day. Jonah Meadows, the producer of our Business Matters program had arranged an interview with Naomi Klein the author of several best selling books, the most recent of which is “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism” .

In this book, Naomi exposes political behavior that occurs in times of upheaval and disaster. This behavior allows those in political and financial power to implement laws and policies that are primarily for their advantage. These advantageous positions would never be considered in times of peace or prosperity. She meticulously pieces story after story together to illustrate this premise. I found myself disturbed and feeling motivated to become a voice that arouses public opinion to stop this activity. If you haven’t read this book, I recommend you move it to your must read list.

As Naomi and I settled into our interview, I was curious about what motivated someone to speak out about issues that would certainly draw criticism and worse to her doorstep. She said that she really didn’t worry about it. (I have read that she believes that her mail has been intercepted because of her writing.) She said her focus was telling the stories of those who trusted her to speak on their behalf. Those who have been directly impacted by the effects of this disaster capitalism whether they are in Bagdad or Bangladesh or New Orleans. She related that the feedback she receives in letters and responses to her public appearances was overwhelmingly positive. It was clear that what she does agrees with her soul.

I thought about this interaction since Sunday. Her calm demeanor and passion to be a voice for those who did not have one was a powerful reminder to me of the right place to focus my attention. I can see times when I would be more concerned about what other people think than to be single-mindedly focused on doing the right thing. I remember, once again, that doing the right thing is always supportive of my purpose and completely aligned with my values.

So why falter? Fear of not being liked by others comes to mind. This recurrent theme is a limiting factor no doubt. So my daily mantra becomes, “Am I doing what feels right?” If the response to this question is “yes”, then great. If the response to the question is either “no” or “I don’t know”, then I will stop, feel what’s right and do that.

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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