In the ongoing effort of Starbucks to embarrass itself by trying to change the world via its coffee shops, executive chairmen Howard Schultz has decided to take up an issue that is weighing on the minds of CEOs and business leaders around the globe…..Bathroom keys.
Yes, the executive chairmen of a billion dollar multinational company has decided to formally announce his companies bathroom policies at a conference by the Atlantic Counsel. No, I’m not joking, this is what Schultz is spending his time doing and shareholders should be not only worried, but near revolt as this brings micromanaging and wasted effort to whole new level. While most companies long ago solved the vexing issue of bathroom access by either attaching a wooden dowel to the bathroom key, or better yet, putting up a “customers only” sign, Schultz thinks there is still so much important work to do in the area of bathroom access and the way it can change lives.
Look at the quote below where Schultz talks about his bathroom policy as if he’s empowering an entire generation through his words.
“But we’re going to make the right decision a hundred percent of the time and give people the key, because we don’t want anyone at Starbucks to feel as if we are not giving access to you to the bathroom because you are ‘less than. ‘We want you to be ‘more than.'” – Howard Schultz
Yes, Howard Schultz wants you to be “more than” by letting you use the bathroom. I’m sure it will only be a matter of time before we start hearing all the inspirational stories of those who picked themselves up from the bootstraps and went on to achieve amazing things. And it all started when Starbucks let them use the bathroom. Move over Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks, Howard Schultz is blazing trails one urinal at a time.
So the next time you are in Starbucks, don’t be surprised by the person taking a quick shower in the bathroom sink or the guy in the stall next to you doing drugs..or worse. They are simply being empowered to be “more than” by the amazing Howard Schultz.