John McCain suspended his presidential campaign to return to Washington D.C., and help sort out this financial mess. Appears he’ll be a no show at Friday’s first debate with Barack Obama.
Imagine if your boss did this. What would your reaction be if, during a financial crunch for your company, he or she postponed meeting with employees?
Instead, your boss boarded a jet bound for headquarters to meet with the C-suite and canceled an opportunity to speak with employees. Or, similarly, if during a financial panic your CEO postponed speaking directly with shareholders as the stock price plummeted.
What would your reaction as a communicator be?
I suspect it would seriously irk employees, who want to hear from their executives—especially when their jobs are in jeopardy. If they need to huddle with other leaders to solve a problem, fine, but to cut off communication seems rash and reckless.
Of course, the business world loves sports metaphors so maybe, as John Stewart suggests, look at this suspension as a timeout—a two-minute warming, if you like.