Starbucks founder Howard Schultz has called on American CEO’s to provide the economic leadership that our government is unable to.
As founder of one of the most popular companies in America, Schultz has proven to be an effective agent of change. With millions of loyal customers, Starbucks is also an influencer.
No wonder Schultz made headlines last week when he called on fellow CEOs to boycott Washington by stopping all political campaign contributions. “The CEO of Starbucks wants Washington to wake up and smell the coffee,” reported Huffington Post writer Dan Froomkin.
On Piers Morgan last night, Schultz showed more decisive leadership than any elected official in Washington has in recent months. He was calm, focused and respectful toward Washington leaders as he presented solutions to address the growing crisis.
Estimating that “a third of the states are facing a crisis of insolvency,” he said that Washington’s political infighting is causing great damage and harm to business in America.
He also warned that businesses are “going to have to do more to provide the kinds of services to the communities we serve, and a safety net for the people that we employ, because the federal government is not going to have the resources.”
Howard Schultz shines in his new role as citizen activist. Starbuck’s popularity reflects it.