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Gratitude & Good Governance

Today we received a letter from a shareholder in New York City that was deeply touching in its simplicity, clarity, and grace.  It expressed thanks for our efforts to improve Intel’s corporate governance.

Too infrequently do folks pause to recognize and thank others (especially those we don’t already know, as this person did).  I thank him for writing, and encourage readers to think of someone in your life – perhaps one who quietly perseveres without much recognition – and reach out to them in some way.

I suggest a note that is written or typed by hand – something the person can hold, carry, and revisit.  Even if you never find out how much it meant, rest assured you will make a difference… and will feel better in doing it!  

For thoughts about writing personal notes, visit: Heartspoken Note Writing and: Heartspoken’s Facebook Notes page.

Here’s that letter from NYC…   or, if you’d rather, read a PDF of the original letter 

May 3, 2015

Dear (Investor Voice):

Please know that I voted for your Intel shareholder proposal regarding simple majority voting.  I feel it is important to express my gratitude and support to people who are concerned about capitalism with a conscience.  I urge you to continue your work.

Please know that I also own shares in the corporations listed below.  If you have proposals with any of these, then alert me so that I know to support them.

  • Altria
  • AT&T
  • General Electric
  • GlaxoSmithKline PLC
  • Home Depot Inc
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Kraft Foods
  • Mondelez International Inc.
  • Nokia Corp. Spon.
  • Omnicom Group Com.
  • Philip Morris Int’l Inc.
  • Procter & Gamble


See the original letter