This is much too important a topic to let it drop on our priority list. Organizations should regularly review their values and ask themselves, “Are we still staying true to our word?” And it starts with the CEO.
卡门米勒的CEOMcKinley Insurance Services, a full-service agency located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Carmen for over a decade. We first met as volunteers at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) annual conference in Orlando. And we spent several years working together on the board for HR Florida, the SHRM state affiliate. I asked Carmen if she would talk about her experiences as a CEO and thankfully, she said “yes”.
Carmen, thanks for being here. What does Black Lives Matter (BLM) mean to you?
[Miller] To me, BLM means that ‘people of color’ and not just Black people, in this country are fed up with repeated injustices that are consciously and continually committed, with no valid repercussions. It is a stand to acknowledge there is a problem and then work toward a solution.
[Miller] It is a cautious and discretionary path for sure! You have to walk the walk and talk the talk, all the time, not just now. It can be good as well as bad in affecting business, but realistically, imagine that you even have to think that way.
有些人这样做，并说，你知道谁是真正的，他们一直走的走，他们一直支持的人不分肤色，他们这样做是因为他们相信那个人/公司会做好。许多小企业主，我知道曾试图采取中间立场在这个问题上，以缓解各种顾虑 - 和许多白色业主真的希望这能够及时平息 - 所以他们做的只是足够的通过得到的。这些都是虚伪的。为了在生存的风险，现在是真实的挺立。
多年来,许多组织已经notoriously been apolitical. A few years ago, I attended a conference where CEOs started talking about how their employees were telling them that they needed to take a stand on issues they’ve shied away from in the past (like racial injustice). While many CEOs have been public with their feelings about BLM and racial injustice, I’m sure there are still CEOs who are apprehensive about making political and social statements. As the CEO of your own business, is there something you can suggest to other CEOs that might help them consider what issues they might want to support?
[Miller] CEOs should address issues that are directly affecting their staff and supporters. So, if there is no diversity in the workplace, then they know that’s the perfect place to start. It should be as personal to the CEO as it is to staff and supporters.
If you could give people one piece of advice on how to support others and their values during this time, what would it be?
A huge thanks to Carmen for sharing her insights and experience with us. My takeaway from our conversation is that remaining true to our values starts with us. And organizational leaders should make sure that they are setting the example through their actions and those of their organizations, not just talking about it.
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