Justice Belongs in The Workplace?
May 18, 2015
What a curious thing for Tim Cook to say given the history of Apple and child labor abuses. But then again he holds Jimmy Carter up as a model for the graduates to follow. I’ll let you decide for yourself but we’ll be watching Tim- make sure you live YOUR values.
Apple CEO Tim Cook tells graduates: Values and justice belong in the workplace
Above: Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers the commencement speech to the 2015 graduating class of George Washington University, in Washington, D.C.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook delivered the commencement address to the graduating class of George Washington University today. His speech spoke directly of justice, injustice, and his optimism that values belong in the workplace.
At the time, Cook said he had retained his values, but kept them out of the work sphere. “I felt work was work,” Cook said, and it was important to be professional and valueless in work. That left him feeling “adrift and rudderless,” like Apple, Cook said.
“At Apple, we believe that work is not about improving your own self. It’s about improving others’ lives as well.”
Graduates, your values matter. They are your North Star. Otherwise it’s just a job — and life is too short for that.
The sidelines are not where you want to live your life. The world needs you in the arena. There are problems that need to be solved. Injustices that need to be ended. People that are still being persecuted. Diseases still in need of cure.