“Safety is our top priority” an exploration of truth and accountability


There has been a strong response to the trampling death of Jdimytai Damour at the the Green Acres Mall Wal-Mart in Valley Stream, New York. People have wondered, “how could this happen?” or have expressed horror that such a feeding frenzy mentality could exist. I will explore several aspects of an important question this incident brings up. Who is responsible for this man’s death?

The first reflection in this series of exploration starts with the accountability of Wal-Mart. As I was reading a story in the New York Times of November 26th titled Wal-Mart Employee Trampled to Death I was struck by the reporting of a statement issued by Wal-Mart’s corporate headquarters. It stated that, “The safety and security of our customers and associates is our top priority.”

I began to ponder what this meant. For if this is the case, there surely are some criteria that the company has developed that must be met to fulfill this top priority. There also must be some measurements that tell the management of the company how they’re doing with regard to the safety and security of the customers and associates. Finally, I wonder what tie there is to the compensation of the top executives for such a top priority?

As you can see, I have a lot of questions. Today is Sunday and I can’t find anyone to give me those answers. Indeed, finding the answers may take some time. Whatever the distance we must travel to find the truth here, we are off on that journey.

You can expect to find here and through our radio programs a full airing of the accountability of Wal-Mart as an organization for this incident.

This whole situation also raises fundamental questions about the underlying conditions that create such a primal incident. As we further explore the manslaughter of Jdimytai Damour, we will answer the questions of personal, community and corporate responsibility that must be addressed. For if we do not address them and open ourselves to honestly engaging the full range of accountability, how can we say we have a safe, civil society of human beings?

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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