Letter From a Reader
"I don't know you, so I can't really determine what kind of guy you are, but your posts and your story remind me a bit of the guy who wrote Confessions of an Economic Hitman (John Perkins). I saw him give an inspiring talk and I guess what strikes me odd about both of you is that you seem kind of human now.
Before, when you made a lot of money and had a lot of power (now referring to you and John Perkins) and were within the 'system' that you now expose, the little people out here making lower- middle class wages believe that the people working at the tops of big business are cold, money loving robots. Actually when I think of a big title (VP, CEO), I think of a building, a machine, or a bank vault - I don't even picture a human in my head. I guess your humor and human-ness you display in your blogs (and John in his talk) makes folks realilze that you can be caring and regular.
The best point I thought that John made was this (and I paraphrase): every company raping the planet in various heinous ways has at least some people sitting on their board or in top positions that know the company is doing the wrong thing ethically. Each person knows that making the less profitable decision, even if it was the more ethical decision, then they would be driven out of their position and replaced. It often takes the opposition instigator to give a good excuse to those 'bosses' to force the company to do the right thing - the bad PR starts to figure in to the financial equation. That idea is one of the most hopeful ones I've heard in a long time. He gave a true personal anecdote of that microcosm happening."
I think this reader is right, and perhaps that's the reason all those law firms and crisis management PR firms are reading my Huffington Post blog right now! See list here.