It’s been just over a week when Google fired one of their engineers, who decided to write a 10-page manifesto and sent it out to employees of the company. In the manifesto, he stated some of his opinions on the diversity initiatives the company was trying to put through, decided to add that women were biologically inferior when it came to coding and a lot of other things I’ve decided I’m not interested in. He closed the letter by saying he was expressing his free speech, and just because it didn’t totally match up with Google’s initiatives that it shouldn’t mean he should lose his job over it.


My initial response when I read the story early on was that it could prove to be a starting point towards a larger conversation. That was based only on the news story, since the original letter hadn’t been shared yet. Over time, I did read the letter, read a couple of the responses, and changed my mind.
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Last week I read a news story where a college student said she’s been given an F in her course by a teacher because she was Muslim. When you read the story and see that she was scoring A’s on the tests, it’s hard to justify the teacher failing her. She stated that during the year he said a lot of inflammatory things about Muslims but since it was a course she needed she stayed in for the year, “knowing” she was going to earn a good grade.

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When they talked to the teacher he admitted she got that A but said she’d failed 8 other assignments. When she was asked about that she produced those assignments and most of them had received A’s. She’s suing the school and the school is investigating the claim.
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I’ve written a lot about negative behavior I’m seeing on social media and in news stories. I’m often amazed when I read some of these stories because the person causing problems turns out to be someone in a leadership position.

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Years ago I read a story about a mother who hired strippers for her son’s 16th birthday party & invited 80 guests. She tried to hide things by papering windows, but hadn’t counted on some of the participants letting the word out on what was going on.
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I believe an organization’s culture starts at the top. As we’ve seen from companies like Uber, trouble starts when the top leaders are a bit smarmy. Luckily, I tend not to believe that’s the norm across the board.


What I do believe is that many C-suite leaders start off with good intentions, yet somewhere along the way they lose their focus. They make promises that they either can’t keep or had no intention of keeping. They also often use their influence to get help from others to deflect blame from themselves.
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One of the best things about writing a blog for as long as I’ve been writing one is that I have lots of stories that I get to rehash, either because I’ve forgotten I’ve already talked about it or it’s in an old article that I know no one’s probably ever going to read unless I link to it… like I just did… but I’m still going to tell the story because it helps me lead into a different topic than that one was about.

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Before I tell the story, I’m mentioning that there’s a video at the end that’s got the same title, which I created in 2013. It’s rare that I have a video that inspires an article, let alone 4 years later. That’s why I love creating things; you never know when you’ll come back around to something.
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