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Why To Be Unpopular In A Politically Correct World

by | Feb 28, 2014 | Authenticity & Transparency, By Karin Hurt, Employee Engagement & Energy

As we warm-up to Mean It Madness month on Let’s Grow Leaders, I’ve taken our show on the road. I’m honored to be included in the SmartBlog and Switch and Shift Joint Series On Communication. Great authors, great reads. I encourage you to check it out. I chose to tackle the vital, often un-addressed, discussion of being politically correct. I invite you to travel with me over to SmartBlog to read the rest of the post.

“Being politically correct means always having to say you’re sorry.”
~ Charles Osgood

The Wrong Side of Politically Correct

It’s tragic when otherwise-smart leaders make poor choices in the name of being politically correct.

  • “We all know why this project went south, but it wouldn’t be politically correct to bring it up. We can’t remind him of that decision. Let’s just blame it on poor execution.”
  • “If this were my business, I would make a different choice. And I know you would do the same, but the optics on this are just too intense, I think we need to go in the other direction.”
  • “I know John’s the most qualified for the job, by Kelly’s really the executive favorite. We’d be doing John a disservice if we promoted him over Kelly. He just wouldn’t have the support he needs.”

When fear of ticking off the wrong person trumps “right,” the business suffers on many levels: wasted time, poor decisions, inferior talent. You’ll never find “politically correct” on a short list of company values, and yet, political correctness is an unspoken part of the decision-making process in many companies. When leaders groom their protegés to follow a similar pattern, the destructive cycle continues…continue reading.

Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders resolve workplace ambiguity and chaos, so that they can drive innovation, productivity and revenue without burning out employees. She’s the founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. She’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and a hosts the popular Asking For a Friend Vlog on LinkedIn. A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. Karin and her husband and business partner, David Dye, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.

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