Enough people pinged me on this – and I’ve seen so much baloney analysis – I guess I might as well say it publicly, openly, and for posterity sake. I also wanted to let a little time go by so people could let things sink in, and they could reflect.
I put out a tweet with my $0.03 cents, but while Twitter is awesome for certain things – let’s just say the form doesn’t enable rich complex thought… or for that matter a good method for talking about complex geo-political issues or policies :-)
Here was my tweet:
That’s it in a nutshell. You can stop here – and save yourself a TON of time…
…But, you all know me well enough dear reader, that why say something in 140 characters when 4500 words will do?
So then I thought twice and said to myself: “Dude, do NOT comment. Haters will hate, and say you’re being negative. It’s too easy to caricature you and Dell EMC as the ‘Goliath’. Just keep your mouth SHUT”.
Then, I realized: “when have you EVER kept your mouth shut?”.
Time elapsed. Then I had an epiphany. Today is inauguration day – so… “Park your ego buddy. No one is going to read your silly blog, Chad!”
Sidebar: As a proud and public Canuck, like my average fellow Canadian patriots - I tend to be center-left. Canadians, on average think that “good government” is not an oxymoron, but something that can exist and is worth striving for – it’s a Royal Flush (rare – but possible and worth striving for) but not a leprechaun (imaginary).
Yes, I’m an exec sponsor of the LGTBTA community in the company. Yes, I’m not a fan of the incoming administration, and I’m not shy about it. It’s not that the new administration are right or left (good people can have different points of view – and there have been great Presidents and administrations from both sides of the aisle) – rather I believe great leaders bring people together, not apart. I believe great leaders have great empathy, great perspective, great courage, great passion – but also great humility. I believe that great leaders #BuildBridgesNotWalls. I believe great leaders need to lift people up, not bully or belittle them – especially when those same people are challenging them (it takes courage to challenge power, and it takes courage for power to listen to challengers). I believe great leaders look for facts, look for data – and accept that data – especially if it means adapting their thinking.
I don’t see any of that in the incoming President. Furthermore, I don’t think what is happening or the new President reflects the best of the America that I know.
But, I have other things I also believe that for me, supercede some of the above . I believe in the US. I believe in the people. I believe in democracy. I believe in their institutions that check power, and check each other. I believe in the free press that needs to continuously, perpetually challenging authority.
Even more importantly – I believe in diversity of thought.
That always means embracing people who disagree with me, listening, learning, and yes, furiously debating. I have great friends that are excited about the new President. I don’t get Trump, but I DO get them. I don’t respect the Presidential choice, but I do respect these friends of mine. If I believe in my principles, I need to speak out, but also to keep an open mind – to listen… so I’m choosing to be hopeful and optimistic.
The clear, and obvious “right” thing for me to do is simply say nothing (as a senior leader in a big org, a big team, a broad diverse family) on both the HCI topic (a nit) and the new Administration (important) – being milquetoast, being boring is the “safest” route. That isn’t really right. I need to be what what I am, right (on both the HCI topic and the Presidential topic, right?)
..Then I thought a little more and came to the obvious way to make a critical decision with great import – Twitter poll! Survey says…..
So if you want the whole story, all the bad judgement, far more information that anyone could want (and bringing together two totally unrelated topics) – at least one man’s perspective (remember, I have my own biases – so use your critical faculties and judge for yourself!) …read on!