What’s happening is real. Don’t hide from it
 
What’s happening is real. Don’t hide from it
08 JANUARY 2021 9:20 AM

In the wake of anything involving strong opinions, the first impulse from any business seemingly is to take no side. But we are now in an environment where taking no side is itself picking a side.

Despite, or maybe because of, his countless on-court accomplishments, one of the most lasting aspects of Michael Jordan’s legacy in the minds of many is a quote that distills how he handled himself off the court.

“Republicans buy sneakers, too.”

To many, this quote has become emblematic of an ethos in which anyone seeking to make as much money as possible from as many people as possible should be as milquetoast as possible. The thinking goes, if you disagree with someone publicly, their wallet is now off limits to you.

I get this line of thought in the broadest sense. But also after watching the stunning and disgusting events of Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol, it is more crystal clear now than it has ever been that we live in an era in which people or businesses have the freedom to just pretend they’re above it all.

Despite my use of that particular Michael Jordan quote, I’m not intending this to be any sort of attack on conservatives or, in the generalist sense, conservative values, but it is an acknowledgement that when awful things happen we need to be able to call them out regardless of whether they have connective tissue to political issues.

Ultimately, I think this boils down to realizing that businesses are, at their core, collections of people, and those people need the freedom to engage constructively in society in a way that betters it. They should not be hampered from doing so by a short-sighted belief that an air of neutrality must be preserved at any costs.

Put in the simplest sense: Be willing to take a stand when there’s a clear need for it. Put societal good ahead of profits. And, perhaps more importantly, empower your employees to do what they see as right and to be voices of good in the world right now. We need more of those, desperately, and businesses today are a serious roadblock to that happening whether they intend to be or not.

What do you think? Let me know via email or on Twitter.

The opinions expressed in this blog do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Hotel News Now or its parent company, STR and its affiliated companies. Bloggers published on this site are given the freedom to express views that may be controversial, but our goal is to provoke thought and constructive discussion within our reader community. Please feel free to comment or contact and editor with any questions or concerns.

No Comments

Comments that include blatant advertisements or links to products or company websites will be removed to avoid instances of spam. Also, comments that include profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, solicitations or advertising, or other similarly inappropriate or offensive comments or material will be removed from the site. You are fully responsible for the content you post. The opinions expressed in comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Hotel News Now or its parent company, STR and its affiliated companies. Please report any violations to our editorial staff.