Last week at OOW, Michael Krigsman talking of someone who speaks his mind said “he is very brave”. I am not sure if Michael meant it as a compliment, but I noted what a wonderful adjective that is.
Over the weekend I saw two examples of what I consider bravery.
Ali Velshi of CNN confronting Jack Welch, ex GE CEO
“Anybody who has asked me in my entire career who the best CEO in America is, the answer would be Jack Welch. Jack Welch needs to be out there helping this country get back on track. There are CEOs and all sorts of people re-tweeting what he said. I think that he's absolutely right that there are questions to be asked about the methodology. That household survey that comes up with the unemployment number, I have said for my entire career people should pay less attention to it. Pay attention to the payroll survey, pay attention to hours worked and pay attention to wages and income. That's what touches people. But to say something like this is like Donald Trump saying that President Obama is not an American citizen without any proof. You are Jack Welch. Jack, you got to take this opportunity while everybody is listening to you to actually say, yes, Anderson, I'm taking that tweet back. I'm going to send a new tweet to say I was exaggerating. There are problems, BLS maybe should look into it, but to actually throw out an accusation, that's like asking the government, how often do you beat your wife?”
Kansas City Chiefs tackle Eric Winston about his own fans:
''It's 100-percent sickening..I've never, ever - and I've been in some rough times on some rough teams - I've never been more embarrassed in my life to play football than at that moment right there. I get emotional about it because these guys, they work their butts off. Matt Cassel (the quarterback) hasn't done anything to you people. Hey, if he's not the best quarterback, he's not the best quarterback, and that's OK, but he's a person. 'And he got knocked out in a game and we've got 70,000 people cheering that he got knocked out.''
Full disclosure - I am not either an Obama or Chiefs fan or foe. I just thought both were right to make their points and do so forcefully without worrying about offending one of the most respected business executives in the world or their source of income