Should you ban political discussions?

Last year some companies took a stand and decided not to allow political discussions at work. Regardless of your policy, 65% of employees are having the conversations. How can we support employees and encourage them to handle differences, respect one another, listen, and learn? The answer requires building empathy, respecting others’ views, inviting different perspectives, understanding biases, and teaching people how to thoughtfully disagree. These are the same tools you should be embracing to improve your corporate culture. I am pretty certain that retreating to our ideological fox holes and lashing out over social media will continue dividing our country and not improving it. So I have compiled a “Searching for Better” deck for those interested in having a nuanced political dialog. in a new tab)

Beyond Convergence and Divergence

There are more than a few logic based strategies for problem-solving.

Despite massive familiarity with the British Design Council’s Double Diamond, IDEO’s human-centered design ideology, or’s Design Thinking, surprisingly, fewer people seem to be using creative approaches to problem-solving, and this might be why. A researcher at the University of William and Mary analyzed 300,000 Torrance Test scores since the 50s. She found that creativity scores began to nosedive in 1990. She concluded that we’re now facing a “creativity crisis.” Scientists blame our over-scheduled lives and the amount of time we spend interacting with electronic devices. 

Alternative techniques for creative problem solving.
Oblique Strategies
Liberating Structures
Analogical Reasoning from outside domains
Lateral Thinking
Bored and Brilliant Activities

Forty percent of our workdays are spent influencing coworkers, persuading leaders and customers. So how does one master Theory of Mind, and Social Influence?

Start With:
The Strategic Framing of Novel Ideas across Different Audiences.
Understanding the Effects of Acts of Receptiveness in Persuasion.