The momentous events of the past 18 months have certainly generated their fair share of energy — too much of it negative. Between the U.S. presidential election “resistance,” COVID-19 and the Afghanistan exit, there seems to have been endless accusations and finger-pointing, all over the place.
If we want to lower the temperature, I particularly like one therapeutic approach that I read about recently.
It recommends that people pause and ask themselves three questions before criticizing or arguing with someone else – whether offline or on social media:
- Does this need to be said?
- Does this need to be said by me?
- Does this need to be said by me right now?
Actually, this is a good recipe for all of our interactions in our business, professional and personal lives.
Or as a wise friend of mine puts it, “Living the Golden Rule – all the time.”