Chamber speaker highlights blame, responsibility
By: David Thomas, The Jackson Sun on Aug 14, 2015
Using a verse from the book of Psalms, John Redden described the distance between blame and responsibility in the workplace when he spoke during the Jackson Chamber’s monthly Business at 212 degrees meeting Thursday.
“As far as the east is from the west,” said Redden, CEO of Stability. Growth Solutions, LLC. “Blame and responsibility are that far apart. You can’t arrive at responsibility while driving toward blame.”
With his message titled “Which way does the seesaw saw,” Redden asked those in attendance rhetorically, “What is blame?”
“It’s this idea, it’s all your fault,” Redden said. “Blame is the core of most emotional disturbances. Blame is the 800 pound gorilla that no one wants to deal with, and it’s completely out of fear.”
Redden recalled his boyhood days while playing on a seesaw.
“There is this fear when you are up in the air, and your legs are dangling, and there is nowhere to go,” Redden said. “Blame marginalizes, cuts people out, then they feel left out, and then they are blamed for being out.”
Redden said he attended a convention in Denver in July, where Alan Mulally, Ford Motor Company CEO, was a guest speaker.
When Mulally, who retired in 2014, became Ford’s CEO in 2006, the company was on its way to suffering a $12.7 billion loss, and the stock price would hit a low of $1.01 per share two years later.
“They were changing their culture,” Redden said. “What was healthy for the company was … some had to part ways with the company.”
Redden said there are those who have to be the hammer on the nail, barking orders, but unable to adapt themselves.
“Mulally said he made a suggestion to a (Ford employee) he may want to leave, and that was OK,” Redden said. “Some people cannot change with the culture.”
• Floor Traders/GCO Outlet was presented with the 2015 Rising Star Award by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center during the meeting.