Outside the Box: Why it’s time for CEOs to tell Trump: ‘You’re fired!’

In ordinary times, it would be a mistake to expect CEOs to take a national leadership role during political crisis. CEOs are risk-averse and rarely see any upside to weighing in publicly on political debate.

But these are not ordinary times. CEOs already see that the biggest risk for them when it comes to President Donald Trump is failing to act.

The blowback from the Charlottesville, Va. violence and the resultant implosion of Trump’s business councils shows that CEOs can play a pivotal role by taking a stand against the president. With the United States facing what Republican Senator Ben Sasse described — back in March — as a “civilization-warping crisis of public trust,” business titans have already displayed backbone by rebuking the president in the days since Charlottesville.

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