We Fought the War But Just Learned We Lost Not Won

I had planned a new blog post with this title on a different topic
but several recent events has turned me in a different direction.

The
early settlers of this country, including some of my relatives, came to
this unknown territory called North America to escape religious
persecution and the limits to free speech. In the 1950’s and 1960’s we
lived through the Civil Rights movement to make the point that we all
have the right to the pursuit of happiness without being ostracized
because we don’t think or act like the “norm” of our culture, what ever
that is.

In the past 48 hours I have witnessed the problems when
we make stereotypes the basis of our human interactions. I was in a
local store to return an item when the customer before me tried to
return a purchase and the UPC on the item did not match the receipt.
After he left the store employee turned to one of her co-workers and
said “THEY try to that all the time” in front of other customers. The
Arab Spring in the middle east was centered around the right to have
more freedoms, including the right to think and behave outside the
societal norms. I open up Social Media and find frequent postings that
really hinge on outright hatred to those who don’t meet this picture of
the person who is like them.

Here is the problem- when we begin to
stereotype individuals through this filter, we demean the society and
more important our workplace.As an organization we only succeed when we
discover new and exciting innovation regarding the products. This
innovation only comes from the act of collaboration and it only works
when we recognize the value of varying views. When you enter the
collaborated process by discounting someone views because they do not
think, look or act like you do you have diminished the contribution to
the innovation process of your organization and this have lowered the
sustainability of the organization.

The poet Adrienne Rich may
have delineated the environment better than I can. I have paraphrased it
slightly since we was meant for educators,, but she said “When someone
with the authority, say, a manager, describes the world and you are not in it, there is a moment
of psychic disequilibrium, as if you looked into a mirror and saw
nothing. Yet you know you exist and others like you, that is the game of
mirrors….”

One of my social media friends, Dawn Khan,
posted on Facebook yesterday the following suggestion – “Wow I wonder if
you will miss those you left alienated after November with ranty,whacky
conspiracy theory, hate mongering posts? It is not about my side or the
high way, its about respecting that there are many people on the road
driving besides us, and we all can be there…”

We are no longer
confined to this little space you call home. We are involved in a global
marketplace that is highly dependent on a wide range of views and
beliefs.When segment of that marketplace dismisses another part of that
same space based on stereotypes it as if we looked into the mirror and
only saw us. POGO many years ago said during the advent of the
environmental movement “We have met the enemy and they are us.” We can be our own worse enemies by demeaning the rest of the world. Want to be the cream of the top
in the marketplace, then make it a goal today to get rid of the
stereotypes and recognize the worth of everyone in the workplace whether
they are of different races, religions, abilities, ages, sexes. The differences are more important than a sterile view of the world.

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