As a business person there something I haven’t quite worked out yet. How political or ideological are we allowed to be? Do we remain neutral so that no body knows our allegiances? Or do we where our colours on our sleeves? Before social media, it was easy to keep your opinions to yourself if you were just in the business of selling your widgets. But now, it’s hard to is resist a like, a retweet, a follow, and a comment here and there. It’s much harder to remain neutral.
I think it’s not so much of an issue of you’re selling widgets to the average Joe and Jane. But our business is immersed in a political / ideological environement. There are a range of political issues that impact on what we do, and importantly how we’re perceived.
I don’t really think I’m capable of not declaring my ideological / political positions. They may not be immediately obvious as I talk about a lot of different topics.
So do I hold off declaring my positions until we’re an established business? Or do we build our business, one that reflects who we are and what we believe in? And if someone doesn’t like if, well they don’t have to hire us. And those who can deal with it, will hire us.
Hmm, I think I may have answered my own question.