LindFast Solutions Group
Core Values - An open letter to all LindFast Employees
June 3, 2020
To all LindFast Employees:
I am writing this letter to each of you to express the unbelievable sadness I feel over the senseless and brutal murder of George Floyd that occurred last week. Sadly, this is nothing new as atrocities like this have been happening to minorities for many, many years. Each of these tragedies expose the deep and systemic racism we have in our wonderful but very imperfect United States of America. I am also deeply saddened that the noble protests and demonstrations of those seeking change have been sullied by the actions of those seeking violence, chaos, and political gain. Regrettably, some in the latter category see this as an opportunity to stoke further division in our country versus an opportunity to cultivate unity, acceptance, and understanding. Nonviolent protest is a fundamental American value and right. No one has the right to infringe on that with threats of violence, tear gas, or militaristic intimidation.
I do not claim to have a deeper understanding of these horrible events than anyone or have a unique perspective. I have lived in many places in the United States and traveled to many more. I have witnessed undercurrents and threads of racism in all of those places. But, I have also witnessed heroes that had the courage to stand up to racism and try to make a difference. Including my time at West Point, I spent over 10 years in the U.S. Army. We were by no means perfect, but we operated in an environment where we judged others by the content of their character. We locked arms with a common and unified mission. It didn’t matter the color of someone’s skin. But, sadly, that is not the case for
some in our nation. We must seek to be better.
I also write this to you because silence and inaction is not an option.
There is a famous quote that says “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”.
Unfortunately, there are many who perpetrate violence and prejudice against minorities and the underprivileged. But there are countless more who stand by and do nothing. My hope is that we as a company can look to these events as a moment where we all decided that we are going to do something.
What can we do:
1) Listen to others around us in a recent press release from former President George W. Bush regarding the death of George Floyd he wrote “The only way to see ourselves in a true light is to listen to the voices of so many who are hurting and grieving. Those who set out to silence those voices do not understand the meaning of America”
2) Peacefully advocate for change and make your voice heard. Stand up courageously for those that do not have a voice.
3) Set an example in our company, our families, and our communities that we stand for racial justice and equality
4) Vote – former President Obama, in reaction to George Floyd’s death, recently wrote “The bottom line is if we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn’t between protest and politics. We have to do both. We have to mobilize to raise awareness, and we have to organize and cast our ballots to make sure that we elect candidates who will act on reform."
In October of last year, our senior management team met to discuss the values we wanted to instill in this company. Those values are:
INTEGRITY, RESPECT, OWNERSHIP, COLLABORATION, EXCELLENCE, and HUMILITY.
They are more relevant now than ever. As we continue to work together for progress – in our company, our country and our world – I hope you will remember and practice those values.