Mindset Mondays with DTK – Ep #121 — Another broken contract?The formal definition of "Lip service" is "an avowal of advocacy, adherence, or allegiance expressed in words but not backed by deeds." In other words: a broken promise. My inbox is filled with promises of allyship, support, change-making, cultural shift, and action. A parade of massive consumer brands. One giant tech firm after the next. And every damned service provider I have every used.To borrow from an old adage, if promises were horses we'd all be up to our armpits in horse shit.In his 2019 TEDxAtlanta talk, Chris White, managing director of the Center for Positive Organizations at University of Michigan's The Ross School of Business captured what decades of lip service has created in our country:"Words without actions breed cynicism."People are talking a good game. But then, after the speeches are over, after the protests end, after the riots are cleaned up, after people are back in their homes and at work and consumed by their daily lives and the overwhelmed by the distractions of the economy … our culture goes back to it's old rhythm … and the change that was promised never seems to happen. And what of the promises made?What will you do to ensure meaningful change is made?

Posted by David Taylor-Klaus on Monday, June 15, 2020

Episode #121 — Another broken contract?

The formal definition of “Lip service” is “an avowal of advocacy, adherence, or allegiance expressed in words but not backed by deeds.” In other words: a broken promise. My inbox is filled with promises of allyship, support, change-making, cultural shift, and action. A parade of massive consumer brands. One giant tech firm after the next. And every damned service provider I have every used.

To borrow from an old adage, if promises were horses we’d all be up to our armpits in horse shit.

In his 2019 TEDxAtlanta talk, Chris White, managing director of the Center for Positive Organizations at Michigan Ross School of Business captured what decades of lip service has created in our country:

“Words without actions breed cynicism.”
— Chris White

People are talking a good game. But then, after the speeches are over, after the protests end, after the riots are cleaned up, after people are back in their homes and at work and consumed by their daily lives and the overwhelmed by the distractions of the economy … our culture goes back to it’s old rhythm … and the change that was promised never seems to happen. And what of the promises made?

What will you do to ensure meaningful change is made?

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