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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I don’t usually have a new blog post on Saturdays but today is an anniversary. It’s the 16th anniversary of my officially filing for a business license.


I like milestone posts because it gives me a chance to look back over the past year to see how things have gone, and also to reflect on the past years. I started recording my anniversaries on this blog when I hit year 10, and I’ve been doing it almost every year since (in 2012, it came around the same time as my 1,000th post on this blog so I highlighted that instead). This year is going to be a little bit different because I’m going to include links to the previous posts below, and I’m going to talk about communications rather than leadership, business, or diversity.
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I have 3 intriguing stories to share with you, all of which occurred within the last month or so. In two of them the participants received death threats; in the other, the participant actually received the death penalty. Let’s take a look at these events.

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Tim Dennell via Compfight

In the first story, a Philosophy professor at Texas A & M University named Tommy Curry started receiving hate mail and death threats based on comments he made in an interview years ago that recently came to light. His comments were based on his belief that there were times in history where there’s been violence led by black people who were part of fighting a revolution for rights in America. His actual words were:
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When I was eight years old, I asked my dad if I could have a new bicycle. We’d gone to the gas station, and there was this new style of bike, at least new at the time, called a banana seat bike. No one else had one, and I wanted to be the first to own one.

John on Banana Seat Bicycle 1977 Brooklyn 70s Kodachrome
Anthony Catalano via Compfight

I also wanted a new bike was because the bike I had was considered a girl’s bike by American standards, as I’d gotten my bike in Japan on my 5th birthday, when all bikes there came without the bar going across the top. My dad bought me that bike a few months before my 9th birthday, and I loved that bike and rode it around everywhere.
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