The prediction is clear: The U.S. presidential campaign is one of the nastiest and divisive in history. Both political parties are working overtime to convince us the opposition is not only bad for the country, but they are immoral people, too.

While most workplaces are safe havens from political discussions, the effect of the high-volume bombardment of toxic “we-them” and “us-they” rhetoric can ooze into daily work. The mind-numbing result: If people don’t think like me they must be stupid. (Or at a minimum, I shouldn’t trust them.)

the ceo magazine, decision making

Working in the corporate world, I quickly became demotivated when I was told what to do. It was as if I did not know my job, was not trusted, engaged, or empowered—all necessary elements of a high-performing team.

I challenged my boss one day when she came into my office telling me what I needed to do. Her instruction made me feel unimportant, I said.

“How should I manage you?” she asked in turn.

I suggested she try asking me and other team members instead of telling us; engaging us made us a more productive team.


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