With the New Year upon us, resolutions abound. Some will last, some will fade. Many are based on achieving a healthier lifestyle of better food choices and more gym time. Others are made based on making a change that can positively affect their careers. Recently, I read a book for my FEA designation that lends itself well to starting off a new year with new aspirations and hope. With the newsfeeds full of questionable behavior by leaders or figures of authority; of fake news and questionable decisions or intentions, one could ask – are we simply kidding ourselves in believing that the good guy can finish anywhere but last?
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One by one, several high-profile pillars of Hollywood society have fallen to the ground. Radio and TV personalities, as well as some leading CEOs and politicians, have quickly followed suit. Not of their own doing, of course; they’ve been "outed" by the #metoo movement that has brought to light stories of their long-standing sexual-harassment exploits. In spite of the fact many have lost their jobs and sometimes their family, they continue to deny, plead ignorance of their behaviour and/or blame the victim. Still others run toward a treatment facility in hopes their pain will go away.
Have you ever been asked a question but didn’t understand exactly what was being asked? Have you ever been prepared to ask a question but didn’t know how to frame that answer? Why are questions so important in the communication process, anyway? Is it simply a matter of insatiable curiosity or is there a specific purpose?
Frankly, I could scream with anger whenever I hear United States President Donald Trump appearing to defend racism. I am also quite shocked at how quickly he has been able to dismantle civil rights initiatives, legislation, policies and procedures that support diversity in the general society as well as in the workplace. In addition, Trump's suggestion that diversity is simply reverse discrimination and that it's time to stop so-called "political correctness" sends shudders through my heart. I give thanks for living in Canada, yet I am already seeing some fallout in our great country and I expect this ripple effect will continue.