I just got off a conference call with a company I have been working with. It’s not a company I have blogged about before, or even mentioned to any of my friends/associates. We were too early in discussions for me to talk about them.
Several interesting things happened on this call – first, I was offered a long-term contract (which is what I was looking for) – kinda. The “kinda” part surprised me.
The kinda was based on me not being the author of this blog.
Wow. I was “kinda shocked”. And more than kinda interested in what was going on.
It turns out this private company is run by a devout Southern Baptist, and he didn’t like some of the posts I have made.
So much for this company bringing in someone who will help them think different. They can’t think different as long as they aren’t thinking.
In retrospect, I am glad I found this out now instead of a month from now. If a company is making business decisions based on the religious beliefs of its management chain with no regard to how others who may or may not have different beliefs can help their business, then they are blinded by religion. They are zealots. At least they are fools.
In much the same manner that I skirt political commentary, I try to stay away from religious commentary. Not saying I don’t touch on the subjects – I just don’t dwell on them. This blog isn’t meant to be religious OR political. Oh, believe me, I have strong opinions on both – and those that know me well have often discussed these issues in depth with me. Often just shy of blows being exchanged! 🙂
The next interesting thing was the final part of the conversation when I was literally told that should I “choose to accept Jesus Christ into my Heart” then the contract was mine.
Regardless of my views on religion (which nobody can discern from reading this blog) that’s just a bizarre way to run a company. I know – it’s his company, and he can run it as he pleases. And that’s exactly what I told him as I bowed out of the opportunity.
I like people that have the kind of drive and emotion this guy has – but I want him to have it for his company, and his employees, and his customers. He can certainly have it for his choice of “God of The Day”, but he also has to have it for his business. And he didn’t. And any enthusiasm I had about this opportunity dissolved as soon as I realized that this guy just didn’t have his head in the right game.
Whenever I think I have seen the craziest things in business, I find something new. A CEO proselytizing in a conference call with a potential partner is a new one to me!