Feel free to be the village idiot at home, but keep it there.

1 07 2015

“You’re an idealist, and I pity you as I would the village idiot.” ~Stanley Kubrick

In the comfort of our own homes, we have the luxury of being idealists.  Whether you’re vehmently left or right on the political side, you can sit in the comfort of your ideals, and criticize the “ignorance” of the other side.  Our religions can also nestle happily in our homes, as can our prejudices and ideals.  Everyone has some sort of idealist base that they are most comfortable in.

But leaders… keep that stuff at home.  As with any good dinner party, avoid talk of religion, politics or prejudices when you’re in the workplace.  Our workplace has a broad variety of perspectives, and this makes work a much richer place, full of ideas and energy.  Don’t be that idiot that stands in the middle of the room spouting the virtues of idealism.  You have 2 ears and one mouth, spend more time listening and trying to understand others, instead of trying to persuade them why you are right.  America was built such that we can be the vast melting pot of ideals, and it’s made us stronger than most other nations.

Speaking of pity…


Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com




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