Rice, Gonzalez, And Powell Reveal Caucasian Roots

I thought I’d seen through all Karl Rove’s strategies, but the boy is good. He keeps outwitting me.

Until recently, I was still vaguely impressed with the multi-racial look of the current administration. I saw a black, female Secretary of State succeeding another African-American, a Hispanic Attorney General, and a black First Dog. Sure, I saw Katrina, and then Coretta Scott King’s funeral. Sure, I knew that George W. Bush didn’t care about the black vote… but I bought the idea of diversity in his administration.

However, I’m a social-liberal-but-fiscal-conservative type, so I find the inside details of the best companies in (and out of) the USA interesting. I start in magazines, like Fortune, and end up on the web (check out companies like the Number One this year on the Fortune list – Genentech at www.gene.com), and I’ve started getting some insight into this diversity thing.

Most diversity policy and training is a mix of affirmative action, naked fear of legislation, and various ways to play nice in a world where there are not enough 27 year old, Caucasian, heterosexual males to staff the workplace.

But real diversity (the type you see in a company like Genentech) is actually quite different. It is about superior decision-making processes, which are based on input from a wide range of viewpoints and experiences. It is about organizations that go out of their way to find people with different perspectives, and to create a culture that welcomes rich debate, unusual angles, and says that differentness is an engine of excellence, distinction, and achievement.

Sound like the Bush Administration to you?

Me neither.

Clarence Thomas will be the poster boy for hip-hop left-wing bi-sexualism before I’ll believe that there is a culture of inclusion of thought, style, integrity, perspective, and decision-making anywhere near the White House.

Err? Dr. Levinson? any chance your company might lend you to America for about eight years, starting around 2008?



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