Even on our eXpert Tease call this morning we talked about organizations and leaders who should do the right thing for the right reason with regards to DE&I as opposed to just checking a box here and there. But Coinbase released a pretty controversial memo from CEO Brian Armstrong where he said that the company will NOT engage in any societal issues unrelated to their core mission. (They’re a crypto company, btw.)
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this pretty bold statement. If you haven’t read it yet, here’s the link…
Bold is right. I read that and was immediately turned off – not a company I would engage with. I’d be curious how many other women and POC feel that way, how many are possibly self-selecting out and what their employee demographics look like.
There is something to be said for staying on mission and working towards a purpose but I’m not sure what it says about the leadership when you try to pull your organization into a bubble to get work done. Ignoring humanity and empathy and societal issues within the walls of our workspace seemingly in the name of just getting shit done doesn’t exactly sound like a healthy direction for any organization. In my humble opinion, of course.