Let them eat cake.

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Last night at Odeon Society a small group of executives enjoyed a delightful dinner and discussion. The topic was a Harvard Business Review article about strategy and communication. The individual points of view were as varied and diverse as the group.

Ages ranged from the 30’s to the 70’s. People’s origins included east, west and central United States, Europe, Japan and China. Educations included numerous graduate degrees, professional designations, executive careers with Fortune 100 companies and solo entrepreneurs. Conversation was wide ranging: the C-suite, military, international travels and marketing, media mergers and acquisitions, politics, family, religion, divorce and a host of perspectives.

People were engaged. They enjoyed hearing each other’s opinions, even when they didn’t agree or have the same belief system. They were tolerant, respectful and good listeners. I loved it. None of them were concerned about being “politically correct.” They openly shared their “truth.”

Our society has a real problem. Too many people are primarily concerned with appearances, self and greed. “And I want it Now!” They seem to be coming from a place of fear, insecurity and confusion. They walk away from discourse, get absorbed in their smartphone and have low tolerance for different points of view.

Think about the meaning of these words.

Political Correctness: the idea that people should be careful to not use language or behave in a way that could offend a particular group of people.

Political: of, involved in, or relating to government policy-making as distinguished from administration or law

Correct: free from error, to set or make true, accurate, or right

Oxymoron: a figure of speech that juxtaposes elements that appear to be contradictory (Ex. Crazy wisdom, Ethical egoism & Violent relaxation) Oh, another example is Politically Correct.

Every individual has their own “truth” which is shaped by many things including their own personal experience. You will never be able to be politically correct with everyone until you know, understand and care about the other person’s personal life experience. If you want to communicate better it is important to engage, listen and relate to people. Especially those who have a different world view than you do.

Last night there were many “take aways” by the attendees. Worth noting was the take away by the 30 something executive who was the youngest person at the dinner. “I can’t remember my friends and associates ever having a discussion like this.”

If you are interested in this kind of discourse please call DGR at 714.307.4438 and check out the Maestro Group in the Events section of my website.

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