Brendan Eich resigned from Mozilla as their CEO. The likely reason was Eich donated money for Proposition 8 in California, banning same-sex marriage in the state. When he was announced as CEO, a few executives resigned and there were protests of his hire. A couple weeks after he was hired, he’s out. While, I disagree on Eich’s stance on gay marriage, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to work with him.
Why Mozilla and Eich agree to “part ways” is the potential backlash of decrease users and revenue. I bolded “potential” because we have no idea the actual effects of Eich’s political background that would hurt Mozilla. Unless Mozilla has in-depth statistics that more gays use Mozilla, I find this to be fickle on the protestors and on Mozilla.
Why does it matter your CEO spend money on a stance you don’t like? It is his right of what he wants to do. It is your right to have a voice. However, if Eich intentionally created rules and guidelines about limiting gays getting benefits and pay, that’s a different story. As far as I know, I don’t think he was limiting certain people and if it were the case, he would not being hired in the first place.
This is about some people’s groupthink: people want to work with the same beliefs, the same favorites, same activities, and others. It’s ironic that when we encourage diversity, we encourage to have more people of color and women in leadership roles because it’s great for “diversity” initiatives. You’re hearing the same thing on Letterman’s successor. What about the best person for the job? Would the best person, no matter the sex and color, be open-minded on the business instead of the politics of the business?
There are organizations that are slanted, which is fine because they want to establish that culture. However, in most businesses, it is about their product and services. Here’s the secret in business: when you talk with someone for B2B, it’s someone you want to talk to. Businesses understand diversity is not to cover affirmative action, but to cover different audiences. What Brendan Eich did wrong is standing up to his beliefs and he got ridicule. What everyone else did wrong was a lack of tolerance. If there is no tolerance, you can’t have diversity, which everyone wants. We (including myself) still need to learn that lesson.