Bringing back our humanity

“Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.” –
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

This morning I was reading a CNN interview with President George W. Bush. The focus of the interview was regrets President Bush had during his presidency. He mostly focused on things he said that he wished he hadn’t said. It isn’t often that I read reflective comments from the current President and I found that refreshing. What interested me more, though, was the very human nature of his reminiscence.

Not only was the President speaking candidly, he brought into the interview some personal observations of the president-elect. He spoke of the great concern Senator Obama has for how his daughters will live at the White House. President Bush spoke of his admiration of president-elect Obama’s commitment to be a good father and bring a family atmosphere to the residence he has inhabited for the past almost eight years.

President Bush also said that he called former President Clinton and sought his advice on how to be gracious in the transition with president-elect Obama. He said that President Clinton had been gracious to him and he hoped he could do as well with President Obama.

What a refreshing tone after all the rhetoric of the campaigns and divisiveness of policy differences – human beings seeing the humanity of others. When we look at each other and step outside of our differences we can see how we are more alike than different. We can remember that it is our humanity that can bring us together and solve any challenges we have. When we forget this strife escalates and we all lose.

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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