There's a long history of company executives trying to manipulate the thoughts and actions of their employees. In the 2008 and 2012 elections, many conservative founders/CEOs made formal email pleas to their employee bases asking them to consider voting against Obama, primarily because the specter of Obamacare was thought to be a poison pill of cost that was going to tie up cash and make it harder to run the businesses in question.
In addition, one of the biggest false positives in hiring is selecting people just like you.
Well, post election 2016, with Donald Trump getting ready to move into the White House, we have the best of both worlds - a liberal CEO who's not only giving his opinion, but asking people who don't agree with him to leave the company.
Because you know, we're best when everyone thinks like we do.
The founder/CEO is Matt Maloney of Grubhub, a company that lists 500-1000 employees on Linkedin and $400 million plus in Revenue in 2016. You probably heard about his letter last week.
Here's Maloney's full e-mail to employees, shared via GrubHub press release, so you can judge his intentions for yourself:
SUBJECT: So... that happened... what's next?
I'm still trying to reconcile my own worldview with the overwhelming message that was delivered last night. Clearly there are a lot of people angry and scared as the antithesis of every modern presidential candidate won and will be our next president.
While demeaning, insulting and ridiculing minorities, immigrants and the physically/mentally disabled worked for Mr. Trump, I want to be clear that this behavior - and these views, have no place at Grubhub. Had he worked here, many of his comments would have resulted in his immediate termination.
We have worked for years cultivating a culture of support and inclusiveness. I firmly believe that we must bring together different perspectives to continue innovating - including all genders, races, ethnicities and sexual, cultural or ideological preferences. We are better, faster and stronger together.
Further I absolutely reject the nationalist, anti-immigrant and hateful politics of Donald Trump and will work to shield our community from this movement as best as I can. As we all try to understand what this vote means to us, I want to affirm to anyone on our team that is scared or feels personally exposed, that I and everyone else here at Grubhub will fight for your dignity and your right to make a better life for yourself and your family here in the United States.
If you do not agree with this statement then please reply to this email with your resignation because you have no place here. We do not tolerate hateful attitudes on our team.I want to repeat what Hillary said this morning, that the new administration deserves our open minds and a chance to lead, but never stop believing that the fight for what's right is worth it.
Stay strong, Matt
If that letter proves anything, it's that bullies exist on both sides of the aisle. Trump? Bully. Conservative, religious right GOP that got overrun in 2008? Bullies. Liberal left leaders who make statements like the one listed above?
Maloney's statement is just an extension of a problem that led to the biggest upset in election history. The GOP had a troubled candidate. The Democrats in power as well as many around you were quick to judge anyone who didn't automatically say they were voting for Clinton.
If you're not voting for Clinton you must be a racist, bigot or _____ (fill in the blank). The same thing was going around back in the glory days of the religious right with a modified narrative.
What can you learn from a leadership perspective from the election and this note? When you're a manager of people at any level, you're there to lead everyone, not just the people who agree with your worldview.
And that usually means more listening than talking.
Maloney? He's more about talking than leading. And he just one-upped every conservative founder who directly asked their people to consider who they were voting for as a small business person.
Most of those people didn't tell employees to leave (although the implication was that Obamacare could cost each company jobs). Maloney did. #weakness
PS - for someone lecturing about inclusion, that's a lot of white people/honkies/Caucasians pictured when Grubhub was listed on the stock market in 2014. That picture appears below (email subscribers click through for picture - it's worth it). #thingsthatmakeyougohmmmmm