GroundFloor Media & CenterTable Blog


You’ve probably heard about the latest controversy at AOL, so I won’t take time here to recount it. Nor will I judge CEO Tim Armstrong because I know that no matter how well-planned one’s remarks are, they can come out wrong. I’m not saying he didn’t mean what he said; I have no way of knowing that. I’ve just learned over the years not to judge people unless you’ve walked in their shoes.

However, I will say that when it comes right down to it, people matter. When executives make decisions that limit or lower the benefits their employees have come to enjoy, it often backfires, and when you add the power of social media, the chance of that happening is greatly amplified. Be prepared to fully explain your decisions and why those decisions will make the company stronger. And be bold enough to apologize and make further changes if they are warranted.

Related Posts

Podcast: A State of Emergency for Youth Mental Health

Colorado’s kids are suffering from historic rates of anxiety, depression and suicide. Listen to our conversation with Children’s Hospital Colorado Vice President of Population Health and Advocacy Heidi Baskfield about why this is happening and what can and must be done to save children’s lives.